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Bloodshots in eyes - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Vision and Eye Disorders
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Practicing since : 2004
Answered : 37 Questions

Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   how can i help u?
User :   hey
User :   i have a couple of questions
Doctor :   k
Doctor :  

For Health purposes please provide these: Age, Gender, Location, Occupation, Marital status,
User :   my eyes have been bloodshot for the last 4 days.. i cant swallow my saliva without a lot of pain
User :   im 22, female,student and single
Doctor :   k
Doctor :   can u explain in details how it started?
User :   it just started with my throat i think.. i just remember not being able to swallow one morning
Doctor :   k
User :   without pain.. my eyes were only slightly red
Doctor :   Do you smoke or chew tobacco/drink alcohol/Any illicit drugs/ betel nut chewing? If yes how much/how often and how long you have?
Doctor :   is it both eyes?
User :   the intensity of the pain changes during the day
User :   it is
User :   and i do.. i smoke and drink but no drugs
User :   ive been smoking for roughly 10 years
Doctor :   k
Doctor :   how many cigs u smoke?
User :   and drinking for maybe 5 and not excessively.. the smoking about a pack every 3 days
Doctor :   k
Doctor :   Red eyes are caused when the blood vessels on the surface of the white portion of the eye (sclera) become enlarged, dilated and irritated. A large number of conditions can give rise to this, with some being even medical emergencies.
User :   like right now the pain is really bad
Doctor :   The presence of pain or impaired vision warrants immediate medical attention. Common causes include: exposure to extremely dry air, sun or dust; foreign body; an allergic reaction; infection; injury etc.
User :   oh and when i spit, the phlegm is a dark yellow and theres blood
Doctor :   In the absence of itching or discharge it is unlikely to be an infection
Doctor :   It is best if you consult an ophthalmologist who can examine the eye and advise appropriately after determining the cause for redness, pain
Doctor :   Is there anything else I can help you with?

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