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Hi I wonder if there is anyone with glaucoma who also suffers from hayfever or perrenial rhinitis. I was diagnosed with perrenial rhinitis a couple of years a go and I coped ok with it. Last year it got bad and my gp gave me a steroid nasal spray and anithistamine tablets. These worked well and continued through summer taking them by then having moved house 200 miles away from Greater London to Greater Manchester. When I went for my glaucoma check the opthalmologist found my eye pressures to have gone up from 18 in the left eye(this one is treated with glaucoma eye drops) and 20 right eye to 26 in both. He said he would see me in 6 weeks and if they had not reduced he would probably have to add more drops. When I got home I did some on line research and found that this could be caused by the rhinitis medication. I then remembered that went I cataract surgery my eye pressures went right up whilst taking steroids after the surgery which is the normal treatment. I was told I was a steroid responder something which I had quite forgotten about. With the knowledge of my new gp I discontinued the steriod nasal spray and anithistamines and when I returned to the eye clinic my eye pressures had returned to base level. The opthalmolgist agreed that may have been the cause. So I made a decision not to restart the them ( I should add I also have mild asthma so have to take steroid inhalers for that) but did not want to add to the problem. My rhinitis is bad at the moment blocked nose sneezing and sore eye (I already have blepharitis so could be that). So having rambled on a bit is there anyone out there with rhinitis and glaucoma and can you give me any tips on treating the symptoms without resorting to steroids or antihistamines. I do you a salt water nasal spray wear sunglasses outside but any other tips would be appreciated.
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