A 2-year-old male asked:
should i take my son to the e r she woke up with one eye really red and swollen. looks like conjunctivitis.
3 doctor answers
Dr. Nguyen Nguyen answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Urgent care: First call your pediatrician and follow his/her recommendation. If no doctor is available by phone, then it is reasonable to take him to an urgent care, if one is available, rather than an ER, since it is not a real emergency and you'll have less wait. If they find that it is more serious and needs further studies, they may send you to the ER. Good luck
Answered on Nov 27, 2014
Dr. Katharine Cox answered
44 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Eye red/swollen: If the eyelids are swollen and red she should be evaluated. She may have an infection called cellulitis that often requires IV antibiotics. If the redness is inside the eyelids it is more likely to be conjunctivitis. All the best and I hope she feels better.
Answered on Nov 17, 2014
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