This type of allergy primarily affects older patients - mostly men with a history of allergic dermatitis.
Symptoms of atopic keratoconjunctivitis can occur year-round and are similar to those of vernal keratoconjunctivitis: If left untreated, atopic keratoconjunctivitis can result in scarring of the cornea and its delicate membrane.
Any treatment should be discussed with your child’s physician.
In 2010 a study by the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reported that 16.9 million adults and 6.7 million children were diagnosed with hay fever, and by 2014 the FDA estimated around 30 million people in the U. It can trigger asthma, and some people are even hospitalized.
If symptoms persist or over-the-counter remedies do not bring relief, see an allergist, who will review your medical history and symptoms and conduct tests that can reveal an eye allergy.
Those tests may include an examination with a microscope, which will show swollen blood vessels on the surface of the eye.
It primarily occurs in boys and young men; about 75 percent of patients also have eczema or asthma.
Children can be treated with both OTC and prescription eyedrops and medications.
Eye allergies develop when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something in the environment that typically causes no problem in most people.
An allergic reaction can occur when that “something” (called an allergen) comes in contact with antibodies attached to the mast cells in your eyes; the cells respond by releasing histamine and other substances or chemicals that cause tiny blood vessels to leak and the eyes to become itchy, red and watery.
Symptoms include: Many allergens that trigger eye allergies are airborne, so you can’t always avoid them.
Discuss your symptoms with your allergist to determine which treatment options are right for you.