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  • Writer's picturePriya Thomas

Understanding Allergic Conjunctivitis: A Springtime Guide by Dr. Thomas

As the flowers bloom and the trees regain their leaves, the beauty of spring brings along a less welcome guest: pollen. For many, this means the onset of allergic conjunctivitis, an inflammatory response of the eyes to these airborne allergens. Dr. Thomas from Mindful Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine provides insights into this seasonal affliction and the importance of distinguishing it from its bacterial counterpart.

What is Allergic Conjunctivitis? Allergic conjunctivitis occurs when the eyes react to allergens like pollen, causing symptoms such as intense itching, redness, and watery discharge. It’s most prevalent during the spring and summer months when pollen counts are high.

Bacterial vs. Allergic Conjunctivitis: While both conditions can cause discomfort and redness, there are key differences. Bacterial conjunctivitis often presents with a thicker, yellow or green discharge and can affect one or both eyes. Allergic conjunctivitis typically affects both eyes simultaneously and is accompanied by a thinner, watery discharge. It’s crucial for pediatricians to differentiate between them to provide appropriate treatment.

Treatment Approaches: For allergic conjunctivitis, avoidance of allergens is paramount. When exposure is unavoidable, treatments may include cold compresses, artificial tears, and anti-allergy medications. Bacterial conjunctivitis requires antibiotics to clear the infection.

Prevention Tips:

  • Keep windows closed during high pollen days.

  • Use air purifiers to reduce indoor allergens.

  • Encourage children to wash their hands frequently and avoid rubbing their eyes.

Dr. Thomas emphasizes that timely diagnosis and treatment are essential for both comfort and eye health. If you suspect your child has conjunctivitis, consult with a pediatrician to determine the cause and best course of action

What treatments have you found most effective for managing allergic conjunctivitis?

  • 0%Over-the-counter antihistamines

  • 0%Prescription medications

  • 0%Home remedies (e.g., cold compresses)

  • 0%Avoidance of allergens

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