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A 18-year-old female asked:

For allergic reaction to eye drops do i call poison control ? no doctors are available right now it's saturday .& no one is home to take me anywhere

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
OK for a start: Depending on how severe / uncomfortable you are, can ask poison control for advice. They may say to get eyes checked at urgent care or er if no eye dr available, so may need to call friend / cab for ride, or ems if severe.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Call the Rx dr.: First, stop the drops. You should call the rx'ing dr. As they know why the drops were rx in the first place, and you may need another agent depending on what the drops were rx'd for in the first place. The dr. May not be open, but should be able to respond to after hours questions. If no response, and severe eye irritation, you can try calling the local emergency dept. Or get ride to urgicenter.
Dr. Andrea Kossler
Ophthalmology 15 years experience
Stop eyedrops: It depends how severe your symptoms are. If redness, burning, itching, tearing i recommend stopping the drop and using artificial tears to wash out the eye. You can also use benadryl/claratin. If you are having difficulty breathing or significant swelling you should go to the closest er. You can call the wilmer eye institute (baltimore) to speak with an eye nurse to discuss your specific symptoms.

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