An overview of allergic conjunctivitis

N. Schellack*, N. Shirindza, T. Mokoena

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Allergic diseases affect many people across the globe. They significantly impact on the quality of life of the people who are affected, creating personal and economic predicaments. Some of the most commonly diagnosed allergic diseases include atopic dermatitis, rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis and sinusitis. Allergic conjunctivitis is an allergic disease characterised by the inflammation of the conjunctiva caused by airborne allergens; it presents as itching, excessive lacrimation, discharge and pink eye. Usually it is associated with other allergic conditions such as allergic rhinitis and bronchial asthma. Allergic conjunctivitis is further divided into acute, seasonal allergic conjunctivitis (SAC), and perennial allergic conjunctivitis (PAC).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-22
Number of pages10
JournalSA Pharmaceutical Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019


  • Anaphylaxis
  • Antihistamine
  • Atopic march
  • Atopy
  • Rhinitis
  • aAllergic disease
  • sinusitis


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