Allergic Conjunctivitis, Seasonal Hayfever and how it affects Eczema

My Experience with Allergic Conjunctivitis

For years I have experienced Allergic Conjunctivitis, this typically occurs around October for a short period of time. This is not to be confused with Conjunctivitis, which is contagious and for the most part will require antibiotics.

The symptoms for me were swollen puffy eyelids which become itchy, I can sometimes experience a flare-up on my face with some swelling. I experienced this most recently in September instead of October as the weather has been extremely sunny at times almost as if it was a summer’s day (at least here in the UK).

Find out more about what flare-ups

I remember just last week when I was outside at work on Monday and Tuesday at 12 pm, the weather changed from being cold and windy to extremely sunny and hot which caused an intense heat that literally made me feel physically sick.

I could feel the heat from the sun causing discomfort to my skin. Luckily for me, my allergic conjunctivitis had already cleared up, otherwise, this would have been worse for me.

Sudden changes in the weather, which I mentioned, and other types of weather around October or in my case September, can trigger airborne allergies for those who have eczema.  Sun, wind, dust mites, animal dander, grass and weed pollen, can also make this worse.

Does this happen to you? Tell me in the comments about how you deal with allergic conjunctivitis!

What is Allergic Conjunctivitis?

Allergic Conjunctivitis is an inflammation caused by an allergy that is airborne for example pollen and mould.

As everyone is different so can the symptoms. Some may experience redness, itching and swelling of the eye, in any case, if you experience any of these symptoms mentioned or any other symptoms, it is important that you make an appointment to see your doctor. 

If left untreated your symptoms may worsen and you may experience flare-ups on other areas of your skin, this may be due to scratching other parts of your skin to counteract the discomfort you’re experiencing with your eyes. 

Constant scratching can lead to broken, dry cracked skin which can become infected or thickened (this is known as lichenification).

What worked for me?

  1. I used Opticrom Aqueous Eye Drops and an oral antihistamine, prescribed by the doctor. 
  2. I’ve been doing a lot of research to find a more natural form of antihistamine as I honestly do not like the prescription ones. Luckily I’ve been able to find one and hopefully, this will help with allergies.
  3. I moisturised my skin more often using a balm and my Lavender Body Butter Lotion which is from my Icylda Skincare range and available to order.
  4. I also increased my water intake, reduced my stress levels and made sure that I got enough sleep.

If you do suffer from allergic conjunctivitis it may be useful to have medication on standby if you experience this in the future.

I hope you have found this blog useful.

Are you experiencing or have you experienced allergic conjunctivitis?

What were your symptoms and what worked for you?

Feel free to DM me on Instagram or leave a comment on my blog!

Written and posted by Amanda Roberts, the Founder of Icylda Skincare on 29th September 2020.

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