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IloveHistory
04-01-2007, 11:51 AM
Hi!

I ended up at the doctor yesterday morning and was diagnosed with Allergic Conjunctivitis (Allergic Pink Eye). Not only was my actual eye 'infected', but I had extremely painful Dermatitis all around the corners of my right eye. I had also broken out in hives, which, to be perfectly honest, is not unusual for me, even though I take Zyrtec every night and have done so since I was six years old. I also had an Allergic Ear Infection and my ear was actually bleeding. The doctor told me that I have very thin membranes around my eyes and in my ears, etc. She gave me a special ointment for my eye, which is REALLY helping, thank goodness and the Dermatitis is almost completely gone! She also gave me something for my ear infection.

I was just wondering, has anyone else ever had Allergic Conjunctivitis? I think that mine was caused by house dust mites, which I am allergic to, but this is the first time that I have ever had an eye infection in my entire life (and I'm sixteen!).

The doctor suggested that I buy those special allergy-proof mattress covers and pillow cases, which has been suggested to me before. Has anyone else ever used these and had any success?

I have been having a few problems with my eyes lately and there are a lot of eye problems in my family (for example, my father has Glaucoma and my mother is developing Glaucoma; my mother also has Sjogren's Syndrome; my great aunt has Macular Degeneration; another great aunt had a haemmorhage in her eye; on my mother's side of the family, almost all of her aunts and uncles and her mother wear/wore glasses), plus I have Sjogren's Syndrome, so the doctor suggested that I go and see an Ophthalmologist for a check-up, as I have never been before. Can anyone tell me what to expect when I see the Ophthalmologist and what I should bring with me?

Thanks and keep well! :)

Saysusie
04-01-2007, 08:23 PM
Hi :lol:
Allergic conjunctivitis describes the eye's reaction to allergy-causing substances like pollen and dander. It usually includes redness, tearing, and itching. Allergies tend to run in families. The incidence of allergy is difficult to determine, because many different conditions are often lumped under the term allergy.
The causes of Conjunctivitis are:
Bacterial conjunctivitis is often caused by bacteria such as staphylococcus and streptococcus.
The viral type is often associated with an upper respiratory tract infection, cold, or sore throat.
A history of close contact with a family member or any other individual with a "red eye" is also commonly elicited.
Allergic conjunctivitis may be caused by intolerance to substances such as cosmetics, perfume, or drugs, environmental irritants such as smoke or fumes.
Any type of conjunctivitis is aggravated by dryness of the eyes (Sjorgens).
Conjunctivitis may be transmitted to the eye by contaminated hands, washcloths or towels, cosmetics (particularly eye makeup), false eyelashes or improper usage of contact lenses.
When you see the opthamologist, he/she may look for the following:
The presence of eosinophils (a type of white blood cell) in scrapings, secretions, or discharge; A positive skin test for suspected allergens;
A pattern of small, raised bumps on the inside of the eyelids (papillary conjunctivitis).
Treatments may include:
Giving ophthalmic (eye) antihistamine or anti-inflammatory drops; Giving mild ophthalmic steroid preparations, directly on the surface of the eye, for severe reactions; Giving eye drops of medicine that stop mast cells (special white blood cells) from releasing histamine; these drops are given in combination with antihistamines for moderate to severe reactions.
Perhaps someone will have more information for you about this. I hope that you get some relief soon!

Peace and Blessings
Saysusie

IloveHistory
04-02-2007, 12:34 AM
Hi Saysusie!

Thanks very much for the information! :D

With regard to the skin test for suspected allergens, are you referring to a Skin Prick Allergy Test? I have already had one of those done and was allergic to practically everything that I was pricked with! Infact, the lady who was doing it joked that I "must be allergic to the needle"! If I have already had one done, will the Ophthalmologist repeat it?

Thanks again and keep well! :)

IloveHistory
04-02-2007, 09:02 AM
Hi!

Well, I woke-up with the most terrible sore throat this morning, so, back to the doctor! :x He told me that I have something called Pharyngo-Conjunctival Fever. Well, isn't that just great?! :roll: :wink:

Keep well! :)

MARYCAIN
04-02-2007, 09:27 AM
Pharyngoconjunctival fever is caused by an adenovirus - unfortunately there is nothing your doctor can do but treat the symptoms while the virus runs its course . You can expect to feel lousy for at least 72 hours , and you might develop a high fever and/or splitting headache. With your seizure history and other medical problems, you want to keep your fever down so it doesn't trigger seizures. You shouldn't take aspirin, but tylenol should be okay if you normally take it. It is contagious - you may have heard it called "pool fever" because it is often contracted in contaminated swimming pools. It's a lot more common in younger children - but you might be getting it because your immune system isn't up to par. I'm sorry - this is like the last thing you needed, but the conjunctivitis might be related to this rather than allergy. If so, it should go away when the virus runs its course. Take care of yourself!

msdawnie44
04-02-2007, 11:37 AM
I have Lupus SLE, I know exactly how you feel....woke up Saturday morning with a nasty cough, bad sore throat and sinus junk...then that afternoon my eyes were oozing nasty stuff and red inside and on lid and of course high fever...going to the doctor today. This is the fifth time...for me on my eyes. Mary thanks for the info on Pharyngo Conjunctival Fever....I will ask my doctor about it. I Love History...I hope you get to feeling better God Bless you, Dawn

IloveHistory
04-02-2007, 11:44 AM
Hi!

Marycain: Thank you VERY much for the information! :D I had never heard of this before!

Yes, I have been taking Tylenol to bring the fever down, but still feel pretty "yuck" and run down.

Thanks and keep well! :)

MsDawnie44: Thank you for the kind words. I'm really sorry to hear that you are also not well, but will pray that you get better soon! Please let us know what your doctor says.

Thanks and keep well! :)

msdawnie44
04-02-2007, 11:50 AM
Thank you so much ...I will also pray for you...and definately let you know what the doc says..............Just want to feel better. Off to the doctor now...you all have a great day and GOD BLESS :)

IloveHistory
04-02-2007, 11:51 AM
Hi!

MsDawnie44: It's only a pleasure! :) Thank you very much! :)

Keep well! :)

tash-lee
04-02-2007, 05:36 PM
Not sure if this will be much help or not.

Almost a year ago i started having symtoms of conjunctivits, firstly i was told it was conjunctivitis and about a week after being on eye drops things werent getting any better so back to the doctor, this time was told its an allergy have these eye drops things should clear in a week, things got worse in that week, much worse i could barely open my eyes they were dry and itchy and had gunk coming out of them, i couldnt go outside as it would sting like crazy, so back to the doctor, this time we tested for any kind of allergy we could think of and infection and he sent me to an opthomologist, he was a bit of a tool and he sent me on to a lady who specalises in research of inflamatory disorders of the eye. This lady is an angel the first doctor i had seen in this whole year that has been able to give me answers, turns out i have a condition called blepheritis, its where your body doesnt produce enough oils, causing symtoms of conjunctivitis, i am on prednisolone minms eye drops and fish oil tablets.

I was told this condition can be caused by inflamatory and immune problems.

I hope both of you find answers soon, and i hope this helps a little.

IloveHistory
04-02-2007, 05:42 PM
Hi Tash-Lee!

I'm SO sorry to hear that you had such a horrible time with your eyes, but I am really glad to hear that you finally got the problem sorted out!

Thank you very much for sharing this with us!

Keep well and God bless! :)

msdawnie44
04-03-2007, 09:50 AM
Hey All and I Love History...
Well the doctor loaded me up on all kinds of stuff to stop the green stuff (sorry so graphic). He gave me a B12/Antibiotic shot along with eye drops....ear drops....cough med....(Symtan) and Z-pak. So hopefully I will get back on the right track again...enjoying my regular lupus symptoms...(LOL :lol: ) Has anyone heard of the Symtan??? Just curious about drug interaction with my thyroid and the Plaquinil. Oh, he did say it was not sure if I had conjunctivitis....but if my eyes dont get better after the eye drops he is going prescribe...something else. Hope everyone is feeling better....GOD BLESS. Dawn

IloveHistory
04-03-2007, 11:13 AM
Hi MsDawnie44!

I'm glad to hear that you made it to the doctor and that he has prescribed lots of things to make you feel better!

I am not familiar with Symtan, but then again, I live in South Africa and it probably has a different name here. Hopefully, someone else will know more about it.

This dumb Pharyngo-Conjunctival Fever has made me really ill! :( My throat is SO sore! My body is so weak and run-down, all I do is sleep all day (seriously, from like 09:00 a.m. to about 18:30, with only a short break for lunch - if I have an appetite, which is unusual - inbetween). My back has been killing me with pain for about a month now and I don't know what is wrong with it?! The pain just keeps getting worse and now I am getting pain in my thighs too? :? I don't remember having injured my back though, I really don't? :?

Keep well! :)

msdawnie44
04-03-2007, 11:28 AM
Hey there....have you talked to your doctor about this??? Sounds to me like it could be your kidney's...Check with your doctor and let me know what he/she says......I know what you mean about the sore throat thing....it drags you down big time....try gargling with warm salt water to ease the pain ( it works). I am starting to feel a bit better....if I could just get the inflamation down in hands and feet...I would be a very happy camper!!! Well back to work....I hope you get to feeling better and Have A Blessed Day....GOD BLESS>>>>>>>Dawn :D

IloveHistory
04-03-2007, 12:38 PM
Hi!

No, unfortunately I haven't had a chance, but I am going to make an appointment to see my Paediatrician/Paediatric Cardiologist some time this week, as I need to see him about other things as well and I cannot handle this back pain anymore! :x At first, I also thought that it was my kidneys because the pain was mainly situated in that area, but I don't think so anymore because now I have severe pain in my upper back too (sort of in the ribcage/lung area). I had my urine tested about two and a half weeks ago, as well and it was clear, apart from a trace of protein (which is practically always there) and I was menstruating, so there was a lot of blood. Also, my bladder and kidneys were C.T. Scanned in January and everything was fine there, so I don't think that it's a kidney problem. I am also able to touch the kidney area with quite a bit of pressure, which I am unable to do when there is a problem there, like a kidney infection or kidney stones.

Thanks and the same to you! :)

Keep well and God bless! :)

IloveHistory
04-03-2007, 12:38 PM
Hi!

No, unfortunately I haven't had a chance, but I am going to make an appointment to see my Paediatrician/Paediatric Cardiologist some time this week, as I need to see him about other things as well and I cannot handle this back pain anymore! :x At first, I also thought that it was my kidneys because the pain was mainly situated in that area, but I don't think so anymore because now I have severe pain in my upper back too (sort of in the ribcage/lung area). I had my urine tested about two and a half weeks ago, as well and it was clear, apart from a trace of protein (which is practically always there) and I was menstruating, so there was a lot of blood. Also, my bladder and kidneys were C.T. Scanned in January and everything was fine there, so I don't think that it's a kidney problem. I am also able to touch the kidney area with quite a bit of pressure, which I am unable to do when there is a problem there, like a kidney infection or kidney stones.

Thanks and the same to you! :)

Keep well and God bless! :)

IloveHistory
04-10-2007, 01:24 PM
Hi!

I am going to go and see my Paediatrician/Paediatric Cardiologist tomorrow, so will let you know what he says about my back.

I have now developed a numbness underneath my left buttock, rectal pain (sorry! :oops:) and appear to have what my mother says is Sciatica (my mother suffers from Sciatica) running down my left thigh, so we think that I may have pinched a nerve in my back or something to that effect. Anyway, we'll see what the doctor says.

I thought Sciatica affected mainly people over the age of forty. Does anyone know if Sciatica can affect people of any age (I am sixteen)?

Thanks and keep well! :)

Saysusie
04-10-2007, 02:23 PM
Sciatica is pain caused by general compression and/or irritation of one of five nerve roots that are branches of the sciatic nerve. The pain is felt in the lower back, buttock, and/or various parts of the leg and foot. In addition to pain, there may be numbness, muscular weakness, and difficulty in moving or controlling the leg. Sciatica is a set of symptoms rather than a diagnosis for what is irritating the root of the nerve, causing the pain. This point is important, because treatment for sciatica or sciatic symptoms often will be different, depending upon the underlying cause of the symptoms.
Anyone can get sciatica, but it does typically affect people between the ages of 30 and 50 because of years of compression. Sciatica is a relatively common form of low back pain and leg pain and is generally caused by the compression of a lumbar spine nerve root L4 or L5 or sacral nerve roots S1, S2 or S3, or far less commonly, by compression of the sciatic nerve itself.
Because of the many conditions that can compress nerve roots and cause sciatica, the treatment options often differ from patient to patient. Treatment of the underlying cause of the compression is often the most effective course. Most cases of sciatica can be effectively treated by one or a combination of the following:
*Physical therapy and exercise, which generally is best done in a controlled, progressive manner and will include some combination of stretching, strengthening and cardio conditioning
*Massage therapy
*Appropriate changes in behaviour, ergonomics and environment (for example cushioning, chair and desk height, sleeping positions).
*Anti-inflammatory medications (i.e. NSAIDs or oral steroids),
*Pain medications (e.g. acetaminophen)
*Epidural steroid injections to deliver local anti-inflammatory agents (and possibly a pain medication) directly to the affected area
*Alternative medicine treatments such as chiropractic manipulation[5] or osteopathic manipulation.

I hope that I have answered your question.
Peace and Blessings
Saysusie

IloveHistory
04-10-2007, 02:36 PM
Hi Saysusie!

Yes, you did answer my question! :lol:

Thank you very much! :)

Keep well and God bless! :)

msdawnie44
04-10-2007, 02:44 PM
Just wanted to drop in and see how everyone and Ilovehistory is feeling...hope everyone is feeling "normal"...Me just the same ole thing...only something new....numb feet...oh the joy of this disease...oh yeah...ILoveHistory...have the same pain down buttocks and leg...I find sometimes a hot bath helps a little bit...Good Luck and GOD BLESS!!!! :B-fly: :B-fly: Dawn

utenutter
04-11-2007, 12:45 PM
massage works really well for me.


shane

IloveHistory
04-11-2007, 04:58 PM
Hi!

Well, good news, I don't have Sciatica! :) Phew!

My Paediatrician/Paediatric Cardiologist wants me to go to Physiotherapy from now on (which I did for about nine years, from the age of six to the age of fifteen). In the last four months, I have grown 2cm, which is odd because I will be seventeen in September and am already very tall. :? My Paed. said that the pain is mechanical, mainly from the Scoliosis (which has gotten worse) and the Scheuermann's Disease, although the Spina Bifida Occulta/Occult Spinal Dysraphism probably plays a part too.

Thanks, MsDawnie44, I also find that a hot bath helps. :)

Utenutter, massage works really well for me too. Thanks for the input! :)

Well, this dumb Pharyngo-Conjunctival Fever has STILL not gone away! :x My Paed. says that it usually takes one to two weeks for it to clear up. :x My throat is still very red and raw, so I am gargling with salt water like crazy and sucking throat sweets to ease the pain some. I am getting sick and tired of having to put this ointment in both of my eyes, but at least it helps! I still have the Dermatitis around both eyes, but the ointment is definitely helping that, thank goodness. I am having terrible problems with the Sjogren's in my eyes though and my Paed. said that my eyes were amongst the driest he'd ever seen. :( My Paed. is also very keen for me to go and see the Ophthalmologist, so we will have to make an appointment soon. I will let you know how that goes and when my appointment is.

Thank you SO much for your support, everyone! :)

Keep well and God bless! :)