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What causes redness and swelling in the eye?

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Dr. Ronald Schubert

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :1984

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Posted on Thu, 10 Sep 2015 in Vision and Eye Disorders
Question: I have what I think is a cold I the eye
Some redness, some swelling towards the corner
Mainly--- it hurts!
What can I do for it?
Answered by Dr. Ronald Schubert 1 hour later
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You are experiencing redness and swelling to the eye. This is called conjunctivitis or pink eye. The most common cause is a viral infection but it could also be bacterial. I would recommend that you wash the eyelids well with baby shampoo and use a cold wash cloth to help reduce the swelling. If the redness persists more than I would recommend being seen by a medical provider and get antibiotic eye drops.

In summary
1. conjunctivits or pink eye
2. Viral or bacterial
3. treat with eyelid wash baby shampoo
4. if still red tomorrow seek medical attention for eye drops

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