How does an eye allergy affect the body?

If you have an eye allergy, your eyes are having an unnecessary immune response to a harmless substance. As part of this response, the part of your eye called the conjunctiva releases chemicals, like histamines, that cause your eyes to become inflamed. Along with the inflammation, you may experience burning and itching. You may even feel like there's a foreign object stuck in your eye.

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Eye Allergies

Eye Allergies

Irritants such as pollen and dander can cause red, itchy and watery eyes, a condition called allergic conjunctivitis. Your body releases histamine when your eyes are exposed to an allergen, causing blood vessels in the eye tissue ...

called the conjunctiva to become inflamed. The eyes become red and watery, burn or itch and appear puffy. They also can release discharge. Antihistamine or anti-inflammatory drops can relieve many of these eye allergies.

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