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Experiencing cold and sudden irritation in eye. Should I use eye drops?

Hi. I m experiencing a random sudden irritation in my left eye. I noticed it had suddenly became very irritated, glossy looking and the crease feels to be throbbing. I made the mistake of running it at first. I am experiencing the signs of a cold but am also afraid it could be from a sudden pink eye, or makeup that I rubbed into my eyelid . Should I use eye drops before sleep or let it get air? I don t want to fall asleep and wake up with it being worse
Asked On : Thu, 17 Jan 2013
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Dear user
It seems from history that you have cold and upper respiratory tract infection along with redness and irritation in the eyes. This is usually because of conjunctivitis most probably because of viral conjunctivitis associated with upper respiratory tract infection.
Though there is no specific drug for treatment of viral conjunctivitis and treatment is usually not required as the condition is usually self limiting and self resolving. However antibiotic eye drops are advised to prevent secondary bacterial infection, which is known to occur in most of the cases and responsible for symptoms. Hence i advice you to start using antibiotic eye drops as early as possible to prevent secondary infection and further complications.
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Answered: Thu, 18 Jul 2013
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