Red/Sherry--allergies vs. iritis

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bookworm21
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   Posted 5/7/2009 6:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I saw on the other thread that iritis can cause a pink eye type thing. I've been having pink eyes for the last couple weeks. How do I know that it's just seasonal allergies and not something else? What other symptoms of iritis are there?
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   Posted 5/7/2009 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
The symptoms of Iritis is:
Iritis Symptoms
Iritis usually develops quickly and generally affects only one eye. Signs and symptoms may include any or all of the following:

Pain in the eye or brow region
Worsened eye pain when exposed to bright light
Reddened eye, especially adjacent to the iris
Small or funny shaped pupil
Blurred vision
Headache

I've seen images of Iritis and the redness is mostly around the iris. It can affect the whites of the eyes just not as severe. If you are not having pain in your eye and they are dry or itchy, this can be a sign of allergies or Dry Eye Syndrome. There is only one way to find out and yep........that is to go to the docs.
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   Posted 5/7/2009 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
The safest thing for UCers' eye care is to schedule an annual check-up with an ophthalmologist. They have the best shot at sorting out what is an allergy problem vs. what can be coming from UC or our meds. Colazal can cause dry eyes; the safest remedy for that is to use a natural tears replacement which you can get otc. For dust/pollen-caused allergies, Patanol eye drops is a safe Rx med. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])


fruitgirl
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   Posted 5/7/2009 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Just wanted to chime in on the Patanol....if you do indeed have eye issues that are caused by allergies, it works wonders!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


Eva Lou
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   Posted 5/7/2009 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Iritis and uveitis are both extremely painful too- you'd know! I swore I had one or the other the past few years, & it turned out to allergies. Both times I went to the eye doctor. I do use patanol- awesome stuff but super pricey, even with insurance. There are a couple non-prescription anithistamine eye drops on the market now though- I just picked up Bauch & Lombs Alaway to try. The pharmacist told me about them last time I picked up the Patanol- so it was a knowledgeable recommendation!

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fruitgirl
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   Posted 5/7/2009 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Eva Lou, how much was the Alaway? I'm out of Patanol (Rx is out of refills, too) and the Alaway sounds like a good option. Does it work as well as Patanol?
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


Eva Lou
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   Posted 5/7/2009 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
The Alaway was only around $10! I had a $4 off coupon too- from the sunday paper. And darned if it doesn't work just as well as the Patanol- which I was paying $60 for!!!! there is another brand, Zatador, which the pharmacist also recommended- same active ingredient as Alaway. I love Patanol & both my daughter & I use it regularly...but at that price.... ugh!

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
various probiotics
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


fruitgirl
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   Posted 5/7/2009 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks! I'll have to look for it, or the Zatador (which makes me think "Matador," for some reason!).
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


fruitgirl
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   Posted 5/7/2009 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I found an on-line $4 off coupon for Alaway. I hope it's ok for me to post the link to it!
http://www.alaway.com/coupon
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


bookworm21
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   Posted 5/7/2009 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay, it sounds like allergies; I'm not having any eye pain.
 
Are Visine drops not that great? It's what I typically use, but I've been using the maximum amount per day and it's not providing much relief. I'll have to look for Alaway.

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   Posted 5/7/2009 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Visine is actually the worse thing to use for your eyes! It helps with temporary short term redness but it should only be used once or twice. Visine contains vasoconstrictors that take the redness out but if taken long term they can have a rebound effect. They can make your eyes dependent on them which in turn makes you have to use more to get the desired effect.
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bookworm21
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   Posted 5/8/2009 7:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Oops, I've been using Visine almost everyday for the past couple weeks. I just went out and got Alaway.
 
fruitgirl, Alaway is $3 off at CVS right now, so with that and the coupon, it's half-off!

bookworm21
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   Posted 5/11/2009 4:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Is Alaway supposed to get rid of redness? It's doing an awesome job with the itchiness, but my eyes are still pink.

Red_34
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   Posted 5/11/2009 5:25 AM (GMT -6)   
If you've been using Visine and having the rebound effect, it may take a week or so for the redness to go away.
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fruitgirl
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   Posted 5/11/2009 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I just have to say that I love the Alaway! It does work as well as the Patanol does!

Thanks for the heads up about CVS, but I don't have one very close to me. :(
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


Consciousness84
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   Posted 5/11/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi, I am new to this forum but I believe I have had this condition (iritis) hit me a few times. I was diagnosed with UC right after I turned 17 and spent a week in the hospital. Previously doctors told me I had IBS and I knew this couldn't have been right. Got on Prednisone for a little over a month and azulfadine. I quit taking my medication about a year afterwards and thankfully I have had no UC flareups as of yet. However, I used to wear green colored contacts. I decided a few years ago to try the aqua ones. BIG MISTAKE. It triggered what I believed was iritis. You will know if it's iritis because it is nearly unbearable. I couldn't look at a light without crying profusely. At the time I had no insurance (still have no insurance) and so I couldn't afford going to the doc all the time for this and the steroid eyedrops so I would just take my contact lenses out *There can not be any discussion about this per forum rules*. Now I won't wear colored contacts at all.

What I find odd though is that I have told my opthamologist about this and he tested me for it and it turned out negative. Is it possible that either he didn't know what he was doing, or did it test negative because I was not having a current iritis flare at time of testing? Does it need to be present at the time to make a correct diagnosis? Or do I have something else like uveitis or something?

 

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