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My son got hairspray sprayed in his eyes, what should I do

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My son is 9 years old and last night another child sprayed his eyes with hairspray. His eyes
are hurting when he looks side to side he says. I have been flushing them with filtered water. Is there anything else I should do?
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Gupta replied 11 years ago.
Hi,
You have done the right thing by washing the eyes with water. No other first aid is needed. However in case their is significant pain &/or swelling please give him an anit-inflammatory like Motrin/ Tylenol and show to a physician.
Normally hairspray is considered to be one of the 'harmless' subtance to go into the eye and it should not have a severe reaction, but prolonged redness is a sign for a physician opinion,
for more information see this article:
http://www.aurorahealthcare.org/yourhealth/scd-adultcare/getcontent.asp?URLAdultCare=%22EyeChemicalIn.htm%22

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/articles/14365-6.asp
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