The EAACI, Raising Public Awareness on Symptoms of Allergic Conjunctivitis

All around the world, the starting of spring heralds in vast numbers of allergies which coincides with the release of pollen by millions of flowering plants, grasses, and trees. While there are quite a few of these allergies in Europe, there are some that occur with frightening regularity, like allergic conjunctivitis or "red or pink eye" as it is more commonly known. This allergy affects the eye when it comes in contact with allergic components like spores or pollen from plants.

Clinical Trials

One of the first signs of allergic conjunctivitis is the red colour of the eyes which also displays teary and itchy symptoms. The biggest problem faced by doctors worldwide is to identify the type of allergenswhich causes allergic conjunctivitis. In Europe, the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology or EAACI for short is doing its bit by documenting and collecting research data from all over the world to try and channel these investigations to find a permanent solution to this annual problem. The EAACI is a non-profit organization which is very active in allergic and immunologic fields, what causes it and how it spreads throughout the population.However, it should be stressed that allergic conjunctivitis is not their only focus of the EAACI, but also covers research and clinical trials of many conditions and diseases including asthma, eczema, autoimmune disorders, immunodeficiencies, and food and drug allergies, among others.

Research & Development

During spring/ early summer, longstanding allergy sufferers in Europe know what to watch out for in allergic conjunctivitis signs. Some of the most common symptoms are the burning sensation and redness of the eyeball, swelling along with itching of the eyelids and sometimes a runny nose. These types of allergies which affect millions in Europe and more elsewhere can reach pandemic proportions with more than one in three suffering these symptoms.By funding research the EAACI has been raising the public profile of allergic conjunctivitis in Europe and has been using their clout to try and bring a solution to this perennial problem.

Common Solutions

They have come out with campaigns that highlight this issue and information on what to look out for, especially for warning signs of allergic conjunctivitis. It is well-known that allergic conjunctivitis is caused by the presence of different allergens in the environment, which affect people in different ways. The most common triggers have been pollen, dust mites, animal dander, chemical smells, etc. The most common treatment for this problem is to follow a strategy for prevention of exposure to these allergens along with simple solutions like keeping the windows closed during this season, keeping the house dust-free, indoor air purifiers, and keeping the eyes cool with cold compresses.

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