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My 8 year old son just developed severe bloodshot eyes about

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My 8 year old son just developed severe bloodshot eyes about 1 1/2 weeks ago. He has never had this before. Before this happened, he had a pretty bad cold, and had lots of coughing, but, his coughing, although frequent, was not hard, but shallow and dry. He says his eyes do not hurt, and there is no sign of mucus or discharge. He does not seem ill, nor exceptionally tired. He is not showing any signs of allergies, nor is he sneezing or having any eye itching. Yet, this suddenly appeared, and has not gone away.
I'm pretty sure that this happened right after swimming in a pool at a community center. However, the pool was not chlorinated, but rather, treated with some kind of spagnum moss filtration-which supposedly is less intrusive to our bodies(?) At first I thought his red eyes might be due to that night of swimming, but, since it has been almost two weeks, I didn't think that he should still be affected. I'm concerned.
Thoughts?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Louise Sivak, M.D. replied 5 years ago.

Louise Sivak, M.D. :

Hello, Your son developed this several weeks ago and still has it? Any other symptoms? What is his temperature?

JACUSTOMER-frn32p2g- :

well, it only developed 11 days ago. No other symptoms. No fever.

JACUSTOMER-frn32p2g- :

He says he feels fine. He acts fine.

Louise Sivak, M.D. :

Then likely allergies. If fever develops, then he should be seen by his pediatrician. Also if any change in vision or eye pain.

JACUSTOMER-frn32p2g- :

So, do I need to do anything about it? Wouldn't they itch or hurt, or he have sneezing if it were allergies? And, also-why would he not ever have this before--since he is now 8?

Louise Sivak, M.D. :

Yes. Yes, again, and that is why I recommend follow up in person with his pediatrician if thos persists. Best,