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Allergy Relief

 –  The majority of people who suffer from allergies experience eye allergy symptoms at some point. When allergic reactions impact the eyes, they can quickly grow red, swollen, itchy and watery, and the discomfort can be severe enough to make it hard for you to continue with your day-to-day activities. Fortunately, allergy relief products for the eyes can often alleviate much of the discomfort. At drugstore.com, we have many eye drop products available to help you stock up and be prepared when symptoms strike.
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Why Your Eyes React

Allergies occur when there is an immune response, causing it to mistake harmless substances known as allergens as serious threats. An allergic reaction of the eyes typically occurs when your eyes come in contact with an allergen. In response, your immune system begins releasing a chemical called histamine in order to fight the threat. The histamine causes all of the symptoms of the eye allergy, such as puffiness, redness and itching. Pollen, pet dander and hair, perfumes, skin care products, medications and even contact lenses can all be allergens. If you're not certain what's triggering your eye allergies or if you're not sure whether or not your symptoms are being caused by eye allergies or another condition, it's important to talk to your doctor.

Eye Drops for Redness and Itch Relief

The majority of eye drops for allergy relief contain over-the-counter medications to provide relief from allergy symptoms. These products contain antihistamine drugs, which interfere with histamine in order to lessen the severity of allergic reactions or stop them completely. Naphazoline and ketotifen are the most commonly used antihistamines in eye drops. Some eye drops for allergies also feature medications that reduce redness like pheniramine maleate. The redness relief drugs work by causing the blood vessels in the eyes to narrow, making them less visible. You can find out if an allergy eye drop is only an antihistamine drop or an antihistamine-redness relief drop by reading the names, product descriptions and ingredient listings.

Choosing Over-the-Counter Eye Drops

Your doctor may recommend that you use one particular antihistamine or redness relief drug over others, so it's important to consult him or her before you purchase an over-the-counter eye drop. If you prefer a particular brand, the menu at the left can help you narrow your search to focus only on the products offered by that company. In addition to comparing brands and ingredients, you may want to consider the size of the packaging or whether or not the product offers any additional benefits, such as ingredients that cool and soothe the eyes on contact for faster relief.

Natural Products for Addressing Symptoms

If you prefer to use natural remedies for eye allergies, you can find convenient homeopathic eye drops for addressing redness, itching and other concerns. Some of the natural extracts commonly used for eye allergies in homeopathy include apis mel, euphrasia officinalis and sabadilla. Before using a homeopathic eye drop to address allergy symptoms, it’s important to consult your doctor.

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