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What allergies affect the cornea?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The most common allergies of the cornea are those related to pollen, particularly when the weather is warm and dry. Symptoms can include redness, itching, tearing, burning, stinging, and a watery discharge. The allergies are not usually severe enough to require medical attention. Antihistamine decongestant eyedrops can effectively reduce these symptoms, as do rain and cooler weather, which decrease the amount of pollen in the air.

An increasing number of eye allergy cases are related to medications and contact lenses. Also, animal hair and certain cosmetics, such as mascara, face creams, and eyebrow pencil, can cause allergies that affect the eye. Touching or rubbing eyes after handling nail polish, soaps, or chemicals may cause an allergic reaction. Some people have sensitivity to lip gloss and eye makeup. Allergy symptoms are temporary and can be eliminated by avoiding contact with the offending cosmetic or detergent.

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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