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Your Mild Eye Itch May Also be Known as:
Eye is a little itchy
Slightly itchy eye

Top 10 Mild Eye Itch Causes

  1. 1.Inflamed Eyelid (Blepharitis)

    Blepharitis is an eyelid issue where the skin, lashes, or glands become inflamed from an irritant or infection.

    You should use an eyelid scrub and warm compresses. It's important to keep your eyelids clean going forward.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    sensitivity to light, eye itch, eye redness, dry eyes, feeling of something in the eye
    Symptoms that never occur with inflamed eyelid (blepharitis):
    severe eye pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.New - Onset Seasonal Allergies

    Allergic rhinitis, is an overreaction by the immune system to allergens in the air. While pollen often causes allergies, other culprits include dust, animal dander, and mold.

    Despite being quite bothersome, allergies are a benign condition that can be treated at home. Symptoms include runny nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes. If possible, avoid the triggering allergen. Over-the-counter antihistamines like loratidine (Claritin), or diphenhydramine (Benadryl) may be helpful.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    sore throat, congestion, cough with dry or watery sputum, mucous dripping in the back of the throat, fatigue
    Symptoms that never occur with new-onset seasonal allergies:
    fever, chills, muscle aches
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Common Cold

    The common cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract.

    The common cold is treated symptomatically. Since this is a viral infection, antibiotics are not effective. You can safely treat the symptoms of this condition with over-the-counter pain relievers, decongestants, antihistamines & cough medicines.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, cough, sore throat, congestion
    Symptoms that never occur with common cold:
    being severely ill, severe muscle aches, rash, severe headache
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Acute Viral Sinusitis

    Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus spaces behind the nose and cheeks. These spaces produce mucus, which drains into the nose. If the nose is swollen or if the mucus does not drain, this can block the sinuses and cause pain or infection.

    You can treat your symptoms at home using ibuprofen (for pain) and Tylenol (for a fever). Antibiotics for this diagnosis are not helpful because this is likely a viral infection.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    headache, cough, sore throat, sinusitis symptoms, muscle aches
    Symptoms that always occur with acute viral sinusitis:
    sinusitis symptoms
    Symptoms that never occur with acute viral sinusitis:
    being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  5. 5.Irritated Eye Causing Swelling

    Chemosis is a sign of eye irritation. The outer surface of the eye can look like a blister, filled with water or fluid. It can occur from infection or allergies, or as in this case, from rubbing the eye.

    You can treat this on your own with eye drops from the pharmacy. "Antihistamine" drops like Zaditor (ketotifen fumarate) or Optivar (azelastine hydrochloride) will sooth and reduce swelling.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    swelling of the eye area, eye itch, eye redness, swollen whites of eyes
    Symptoms that always occur with irritated eye causing swelling:
    swelling of the eye area
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

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  6. 6.Viral Conjunctivitis

    Pink eye conjunctivitis is an infection of the whites of the eyes by a virus. It is extremely infectious and can spread from person-to-person easily.

    You do not need treatment. Viral conjunctivitis does not require any antibiotics. What you can do is have a clean cloth soaked in warm water held up to the eyes to soothe the itching. Some people get relief from over the counter medicines. If your symptoms do not start getting better within a week, seek advice from your primary care physician.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    eye redness, eye itch, sensitivity to light, watery eye discharge, feeling of something in the eye
    Symptoms that always occur with viral conjunctivitis:
    eye redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  7. 7.Non - Allergic Rhinitis

    Nonallergic rhinitis is a medical condition which involves chronic (persistent) sneezing and having a runny, congested nose without any apparent cause. While the symptoms of nonallergic rhinitis are similar to those of allergic rhinitis (hay fever), there is no allergic reaction. Nonallergic rhinitis can be triggered by certain odors, weather changes, medications, or foods.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own by avoiding triggers of the symptoms, and also taking steps to relieve the symptoms once they appear. Symptom relief can be helped by rinsing nasal passages using a squeeze bottle (included in saline kits), blowing the nose regularly, getting an air humidifier for home use, and staying hydrated. You should not overuse nasal decongestants, as this may actually worsen your symptoms.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    congestion, mucous dripping in the back of the throat, runny nose, frequent sneezing, eye itch
    Symptoms that never occur with non-allergic rhinitis:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  8. 8.Influenza

    Influenza, or Flu, is an infection of the airway caused by the flu virus, which passes through the air and enters the body through the nose or mouth. The symptoms are similar to those of a cold, but the flu is usually more serious.

    If your flu-like symptoms are existing for less than 48 hours, it might be helpful to seek care by telephone or in a walk-in-clinic to get a course of oseltamivir (Tamiflu). Most people will get better on their own by drinking lots of fluids and taking an over-the-counter medication such as acetominophen (Tylenol) to help with aches or fever.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, cough, muscle aches
    Symptoms that never occur with influenza:
    headache resulting from a head injury
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  9. 9.Acute Close - Angle Glaucoma

    Acute, close-angle glaucoma is caused by a rapid or sudden increase in pressure within the eye that occasionally results in permanent blindness.

    You should proceed to an Emergency Room as prompt treatment is key to preventing optic nerve damage and vision loss.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    headache, nausea or vomiting, being severely ill, vision changes, blurry vision
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  10. 10.Cervical Cancer

    The cervix is in the back of the vagina and is the connection to the uterus. It can be affected by bacteria and viruses in the vagina, some of which can lead to serious problems that need a doctor's help.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours. There, your doctor should do a pap smear for diagnosis to start.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding, bloody vaginal discharge, pelvis pain, painful sex
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Mild Eye Itch

  • Q.How long ago did your eye first start to itch?
  • Q.Is your eye itchiness constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Are you experiencing chills?

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Mild Eye Itch Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced mild eye itch have also experienced:

    • 7% Headache
    • 7% Runny Nose
    • 7% Fatigue
  • People who have experienced mild eye itch had symptoms persist for:

    • 36% Less Than a Week
    • 28% Less Than a Day
    • 15% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced mild eye itch were most often matched with:

    • 30% Inflamed Eyelid (Blepharitis)
    • 13% New - Onset Seasonal Allergies
    • 13% Common Cold
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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