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My name is ***** ***** Marks I went to the ER on Sunday and

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Customer: Hello my name is ***** ***** Marks I went to the ER on Sunday and I was diagnosed with Conjuctivitis I was given eye drops and told to use cold compress for my righ eye and now I woke up this morning and my right eye lid is very heavy and it can hardly open I wonder to bring down the swelling, if I should use a cold compress or a warm compress
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 1 year ago.


It is better to use cold compresses for suspected viral conjunctivitis ( avoid warm compresses as it favors growth of bacteria). As long as there is no pain or blurred vision with light sensitivity, I guess the eyelid edema is due to the ongoing viral conjunctivitis only. Usually it lasts for 5-10 days and subsides naturally without any specific treatment. One needs to get urgent eye exam in case the edema persists and is associated with severe pain in the eye, photo sensitivity, discharge, dilated pupil not reacting to light ( infection spreading to orbit). Otherwise there is nothing to worry about and you can wait for the signs to subside gradually over the next few days.

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Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


This is a different expert.

You have already stated this is getting worse.

You might need a different ointment, an antibiotic ointment.

Do not wait until it is a worse emergency.

Go back now.

You might also need anti inflammatory treatment.

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