Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Allergic Conjunctivitis Home Care

Home care for allergic conjunctivitis includes:

  • Reduce eye swelling:
    • Apply a cold compress.
    • Apply for 20-30 minutes at a time.
  • Rinse the eyes with saline eyewash:
    • Rinse 4 times a day.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes.
  • Clean off the eyelashes:
    • Apply a warm, wet compress.
  • Take prescribed medications or eyedrops as directed.
  • Take oral antihistamines for itching:
  • Do not share towels, washcloths, or eyedrops with anyone who has an eye infection.
  • Do not use contact lenses or eye makeup until your symptoms are gone.
  • Wash your hands after touching your face.

Allergic Conjunctivitis Medications

Oral antihistamines used to treat itching in those with allergic conjunctivitis include:

Diphenhydramine Dosing Chart
AgeDoseIntervalMax Daily Dose
2-5 years6.25 mg4-6 hours37.5 mg/day
6-11 years12.5-25 mg4-6 hours150 mg/day
12 and older25-50 mg4-6 hours300 mg/day

Chlorpheniramine Dosing Chart
AgeDoseIntervalMax Daily Dose
Under 6consult your physician
6-11 years2 mg4-6 hours12 mg/day
12 and up4 mg4-6 hours24 mg/day

Allergic Conjunctivitis Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have allergic conjunctivitis and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Nov 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Allergic Conjunctivitis References
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