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Do you wear contacts and is your eye painful or sensitive to the light?
no, and no
my eye just feels slightly heavy..meaning I can feel it is swollen...looks worse than it feels.
Does the white of your eye look red, like a chunk of raw meat?
it did before i put in visine..it is not as red as it was...
i am in meetings all day today..presenting...and used visine to minimize the distraction
visine causes a temporary constriction of blood vessels and then the redness comes back in about 30min. It sounds like you have two processes going on. The first, which started on the flight, is some type of allergy.
and that can happen in just one eye? ok...
if the white part of your eye is dark red, like raw meat, then you broke a small blood vessel when you rubbed it.
should i not use visine?
sure can happen in just one eye
no, but it won't hurt to use for your meeting. after that use natural tears.
it looked like that last night and this morning.
the redness is like a bruise anywhere else on your body but the skin on the eye is so thin that it is not purple but red.
should i use benedryl or something for allergies maybe
it will take a few weeks to go all the way away, it may spread a little but it will cause no damage.
what about the swollen under the eye
yes, 50 mg benedryl would work or one of the OTC allergy meds like zirtec
is there fluid in there or something...
the eyelid swelling is from fluid leaking due to the allergy reaction. When you have an allergic reaction chemicals are released, histamine etc, that make the blood vessels in the skin leak....and tissue swells. Cold compress can help to take down some of the swelling.
will the benadryl help the swelling too? ice it?
Ice, benadryl will only help with itching etc, not with swelling that has already happened.
thank you. I really appreciate it.
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okay..so the i should just expect the swelling to go away over time?
thank yoiu ...will do
Yes, since it is likely that the allergen was on the plane and you are no longer being exposed to it