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Six Facts about Allergies you need to know by Dr. Gilbert Matsuoka

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Q: What are the common symptoms of allergies?
 
Red, itchy, swollen and itchy eyes.
 
Q: How do allergies directly affect the eyes?
 
Causes irritation and discomfort throughout the day
 
Q: What is meant by the term allergic conjunctivitis? Is that the same as “pink eye”?
 
Conjunctivitis is when an inciting agent (like pollen) gets into eyes. Pink eye is a bacterial, viral or fungal infection. Not same as conjunctivitis.
 
Q: What is the difference between seasonal and perennial allergies? How would I 
 
know the difference?
 
Seasonal allergies lasts 1-5 months; perennial is year round. Both have same symptoms.
 
Q: Can allergies do permanent damage to my eyes?
 
No permanent damage unless constantly rubbing or touching eyes.
 
Q: What are the treatment options available for this condition?
 
Treatment: Cool compresses, allergy eye drops, OTC allergy meds, 
 
prescription meds.
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