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Eye burning with discharge is burning, itching, or drainage from the eye of any substance other than tears.
Itching - burning eyes; Burning eyes
Sometimes burning and itching eyes are due to environmental pollutants. If secondhand cigarette smoke is annoying, say so. If an industrial plant in the area is polluting, contact the EPA for solutions.
, including seasonal allergies or hay fever
Chemical irritants (such as chlorine in a swimming pool or makeup)
or pink eye
in the air (cigarette smoke or smog)
"Of all the allergy symptoms I have, an itchy throat is the most bothersome for me." If you get an itchy throat or mouth, especially after eating fresh fruit or vegetables AND it gets worse during high-pollen times of year, you may be suffering from oral allergy syndrome. What is oral allergy syndrome? It’s also called pollen-food syndrome and it’s related to “hay fever.” Oral allergy syndrome is an allergic reaction to the proteins in many fruits, vegetables and nuts that are similar to the proteins in the pollen. It’s called a “cross reaction.” In other words, if you are very allergic to particular pollen, that reaction may crossover to other parts of the same or similar plant. For example, if you’re very allergic to birch tree pollen, you may develop itchy throat after eating apples, peaches, cherries, pears, even carrots, kiwis and walnuts! What are common oral allergy symptoms? Some common symptoms are: • ...
Definition A throat swab culture is a laboratory test done to isolate and identify organisms that may cause infection in the throat. Alternative Names Throat culture and sensitivity; Culture - throat How the test is performed You will be asked to tilt your head back and open your mouth wide. The health care provider rubs a sterile cotton swab along the back of your throat near the tonsils. You need to resist gagging and closing the mouth while the swab touches this area. The health care provider may need to scrape the back of the throat with the swab several times. This helps improve the chances of detecting bacteria. How to prepare for the test Do not use antiseptic mouthwashes before the test. How the test will feel Your throat may be sore at the time the test is taken. You may experience a gagging sensation when the back of your throat is touched with the swab, but the test only lasts a few seconds. Why the test is performed The test is performed when a throat infection is suspected, particula...
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