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Eucalyptus oil in eye, burns, swollen, puffy. Treatment?

I got an oil massage last night and the masseuse got eucalyptus oil in my eye . I didn t say anything but it started to burn and then when I woke u this morning it was swollen and puffy. I have put ice on it too reduce the swelling but it is water and puffball still. How LNG will this persist and is there anything I can do to help reduce the recovery time?
Asked On : Thu, 17 May 2012
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Ophthalmologist 's  Response
Hiii there

I agree with Dr Rakhi that its a form of chemical conjunctivitis. But pls do not use and steroid drops without supervision of an eye specialist. There are many pitfalls to doing the same.

Insted the simpler and safer approach would be to use a lubricating drops hourly with a plain antibiotic drop added to prevent infection. You can use some oral pain killer if there is any discomfort.

If there is no relief with the above regimen, then its better to start the treatment under the care of an ophthalmologist.

Hope this helps.
Answered: Fri, 18 May 2012
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OBGYN Dr. Rakhi Tayal's  Response

Thanks for writing to us.
It seems that the eucalyptus oil has caused an inflammation and conjunctivitis in your eye. Local antibiotic and steroid based eye drops will help in reducing the irritation. Washing the eyes with cold water will also be helpful.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.


Dr. Rakhi Tayal
Answered: Thu, 17 May 2012
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