Pollen Season Watery Itchy Eye Allergy Symptoms Diagnosed with Liquid Antigen Test

Top Quote "As we get closer to pollen season in Fairfield County, it is interesting to note that it seems as if every year we are seeing more and more patients bothered by itchy, watery, red eyes," commented Ophthalmologist & Corneal Specialist Leslie Doctor, M.D. End Quote
  • New Haven-Meriden, CT (1888PressRelease) April 22, 2015 - "I also notice that the "ragweed" and "pollen" allergy seasons keep getting worse and worse every year and last into the summer months well after allergy season is supposed to be over," she further explained. An allergic reaction that affects the conjunctiva, which is the clear layer of skin overlying the eyes, is commonly referred to as Allergic Conjunctivitis. Symptoms of itchy, watery red eyes from eye allergies and allergic conjunctivitis are extremely common. Based on studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the prevalence of allergies is increasing in the U.S. In fact, as many as 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, with allergic reactions involving the eyes being a very common complaint.

    Liquid Antigen Eye Allergy Test
    The diagnosis and treatment of red itchy eyes and eye allergies might seem pretty simple but identifying the underlying cause of the allergy can be somewhat difficult. "In adults, and especially in children and adolescents, knowing the cause of the allergies helps us to determine the best course of treatment," explained Pediatric Ophthalmologist Tineke Chan, M.D. "We are now able to perform a new "no needle no injection" eye allergy test in the office that uses liquid antigens on a plastic applicator that is placed on the patient's forearm with gentle pressure-and it provides results in less than 15 minutes," further explained Dr. Chan.

    By more accurately determining if and to which antigens a patient is allergic to it gives us the ability to identify where they might be present in the patient's environment and deal with them accordingly, along with the eye symptoms and signs of the allergy. This in office testing is covered by almost all major health insurance companies.

    "Sometimes oral antihistamines alone or with antihistamine or steroid eye drops are necessary whereas in other cases we simply need to counsel and advise the patient to remove and avoid the source of the allergen in their home or workplace," noted Dr. Leslie Doctor.

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    For additional information, contact:
    Dorothy Figueroa, Doctor & Associates, 129 Kings Highway North, Westport, Connecticut 06880, dfigueroa ( @ ) drdrgroup dot com, 203-227-4113 dot

    SOURCE: Medical Management Services Group, L.L.C.

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