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i used cherry carmex lip balm and woke up with a red swollen face. what do i do?

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Wash eye: Allergic reactions can occur from active or inactive ingredients in the item you used. Stop its use. Use ice packs to stop the swelling. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) tabs help if no contraindications/negative reactions. Check with your PCP if no improvement for steroid cream Rx: knowing long term use (months-years of frequent use) has risk of secondary cataract and glaucoma.
Dr. Emil Mondoa
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Swollen face: Any difficulty breathing/wheezing? If there is, it is an emergency, and you ought to be taken to the emergency department immediately or call an ambulance. If the face is still swelling, you ought to see a doctor pronto.

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Last updated Nov 27, 2017

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