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NHS England (NHSE) has published new prescribing guidance for various common conditions for which over-the-counter (OTC) items should not be routinely prescribed in primary care (quick reference guide). These conditions include mild to moderate hay fever/seasonal allergic rhinitis.
Products such as sodium cromoglicate eye drops are cheap to buy and are readily available OTC along with advice from pharmacies. Some self-care medicines are available from shops and supermarkets. Please click here for further information, exceptions, and a patient leaflet.
Iatrogenic allergy should be considered as a cause for any allergic conjunctivitis. Common irritants include neomycin, framycetin, atropine and the preservative benzalkonium chloride.
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