Allergies to grass pollen, house dust, mold or cosmetics result in the following symptoms:
- itching eyes
- burning and watery eyes
- swelling of the tissues around the eyes
- runny nose and sneezing
Treating Allergic Conjunctivitis
- Apply a cold, damp washcloth to the eyes to relieve itching and reduce swelling.
- Try over-the-counter allergy eyedrops or pills to reduce redness and itching. Be aware that the pills may cause drowsiness.
In conjunctivitis caused by environmental irritants, you can expect burning and watery eyes, and a sensation of having something in your eye. In this case, use artificial teardrops (available over-the-counter) to soothe irritated eyes.