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Conjunctivitis, Allergic

Generality/Definition
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    Also called Pink Eye, conjunctivitis is an infection of the conjunctiva, which is the protective membrane that lines the eyelids and covers exposed areas of the sclera (also called the white of the eye). Exposure to viral infections, bacteria, allergies, irritants, contact lens products, eye drops, and eye ointments may cause Pink Eye, and can cause severe damage and visual loss if not treated.
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Prevention

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    Conjunctivitis can easily be prevented by washing your hands regularly. Never touch your eyes with your hands, a cloth, or used tissues. Also, do not share eye makeup with friends.
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Symptoms

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    Itching is the classic complaint, but it may also cause other symptoms such as: scant, stringy mucous discharge; redness; a stuffy, runny nose; scratchy throat; and a dry, hacking cough.
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Treatment

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    Mild steroid eye drops may be temporarily prescribed to reduce the allergic response. Mast-cell stabilizers prevent the release of histamines and other mediators of inflammation which ultimately cause the itching.
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