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is it okay to suffer from continual itchy, dry and puffy tired eyes?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
No: They chronic dryness and itch can be signs of an underlying skin problem such as allergy or eczema. Best to be seen by a dermatologist or ophthalmologist to check for this. Often a review of your cosmetics or cleaning agents can be helpful. Sometimes, a short course of antihistamine or topical steroids can reduce the discomfort.
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
No: Might need an evaluation for skin disease, allergies (seasonal, contact, etc), thyroid disease, etc.

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Why does my baby have gooey eyes?

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Blocked tear ducts: It is possible your baby has blocked tear ducts. To help these clear you can massage between the eye and nose on each side. This can help open up the tear duct and allow the tears to drain more effectively. The goopiness will go away in a few weeks or months. In the meantime use warm washcloths to clean. If the white part of the eye gets red or the discharge increases see your pediatrician.
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Why does my baby look cross-eyed?

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I have flea bites on my skin. How can I make them stop itching? And how can I repel the fleas from biting me!?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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Over-the-counter med: For flea bites, one can take claritin, zyrtec, or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to block histamine that causes itching. Hydrocortisone 1% cream 2-3 times a day on the bites for about 5 days will help them go away. For more itch relief, one can put an anti-itch gel such as "itch-x" on bites. Itch-x has an anesthetic to numb the itch. If bites are growing or painful, a doctor can evaluate. "deep woods off" repels fleas.
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These days my wife is seeing flashes in one eye occasionally.?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
See an eye doctor: Most of the time, flashes of light are related either to floaters (changes to the gel that fills the back of the eye), our less commonly migraines. If the flashes last for more than a day, or if there is a decrease in vision as well, see an eye doctor right away.
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What two organs are connected to the brain through the optic nerve?

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Dr. Jeffrey Gold
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
The eyes: The optic nerves carry nerve fibers from the retina to the brain.

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