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Swelling in eyes. Told due to allergic reaction. Prescribed eye drops. Curing time?

was in the US on vacation, developed swelling in my eyes thought it was an infection. Doctor in US said it was Rosocea in my eye. Prescribed meds for Rosocea. Didn t help. I have followed up with Ontario Dr. and am told that I have an eye infection and allergic reaction to something. Been give eye drops for the infection and allergy . My question is how long should this take to clear up. I also have had an ongoing cold since January, this is the end of March and I still have a cold.
Asked On : Sun, 24 Mar 2013
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Hello Caroline,

Ocular rosacea is a condition where you have dry and red eyes. Rosacea commonly affects the skin of the face, nose and forehead but can also affect the eye. Tetracycline group of drugs help.

While allergic conjunctivitis is far more commoner and viral infections can also cause conjunctivitis.
Antibiotic eye drops such as ciprofloxacin helps, while antihistamine tablets help with the redness and swelling as well.
Viral infections normally take about 10 days to resolve, but can be slightly longer if there is super-added bacterial infection.
Your cold seems to have taken a lot longer, but is possible you have been exposed to several different viruses in the change of season.

Allergic conjunctivitis can occur secondary to dust mite, tree pollen allegy that is also common at this time. You can get allergy testing done to these allergens by your doctor.

Best Wishes.
Answered: Tue, 26 Mar 2013
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