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Depending on where you live, May to September can be a time for sneezing and having red, watery, itchy eyes as a result of seasonal allergic conjunctivitis (SAC). This can make you hesitant to venture outdoors and enjoy the warm sun because of the pollen in the air. Talk to your doctor about a prescription for Alrex Eye Drops to help calm your symptoms and allow you to attend outdoor gatherings, hikes, and picnics without hiding swollen, red eyes behind sunglasses.
Alrex Eye Drops contains Loteprednol Etabonate, a corticosteroid designed as a ‘soft drug’ that can decrease inflammation that SAC can cause. This soft drug simply means it has been modified in such a way so as to decrease the risk of intraocular pressure as a side effect so it is safer to use for a longer period of time. This is because once the active ingredient has attained its therapeutic effect, it is metabolically deactivated instead of allowing the corticosteroid to remain and cause other side effects.
When instilled in your eyes as directed, Alrex Eye Drops act to decrease the production of inflammatory substances by inhibiting your immune system. Inflammation is meant to dilate blood vessels to increase blood flow as an immune response to the antigens that are perceived as being a threat.
The most common eye allergy is seasonal allergic conjunctivitis and itchiness is the dominant symptom. When you are exposed to pollen, your body’s immune response engages and histamine is a protein sent to help get rid of the intruder. To do this, histamine causes vasodilation to relax the muscles that surround your blood vessels so they can dilate and increase the blood flow to the affected area. There will also be an increase in fluid secretions at the targeted site that is meant to flush the threat out of your body. This why your eyes water so much and become red, swollen, and itchy.
Your doctor will need to rule out an infection before you start using Alrex Eye Drops. Ask your doctor if Alrex Eye Drops are safe to use if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding. Discuss other medical conditions or allergies you have and list any OTC or Rx medications you currently take or use, including herbal and vitamin supplements. This will help your doctor decide if Alrex Eye Drops are the right drug for you.
Do not drive or operate machinery after instilling Alrex Eye Drops until your vision has cleared. Remove any contact lenses to avoid possible damage to them before using any topical ophthalmic meds and wait at least 10-15 minutes before reinserting them. Do not touch the dropper to your eye or lid due to possible contamination from bacteria in that area. Keep Alrex Eye Drops out of children’s reach and never share this or any of your medications with others.