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Chlorine Effects On Eyes
My brother got chlorine in his eyes but washing it with water isn't helping a lot. What can he do?
Irrigation: Irrigate with bottled water or tap water for 10' and take to a quick care center ASAP to have eyes evaluated and treated. Read more
Eye irritation: Chlorine is an eye irritant. It can create a mild chemical burn on the skin covering the white of the eye (conjunctiva) and the clear window of the eye (cornea). Although it is not dangerous, it is very uncomfortable. If you have sensitive eyes or are at a pool with a high chlorine level, wear swim goggles or a mask. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Swam in Gulf of Mexico and hotel poolyesterday. Today my eyes feel irritated and stuffy. Like the start of pink eye. This from salt/ chlorine or germ?
Can be either: The eye irritation may be the start of a "pink eye"--but also could just be irritation from pool chemicals. Would suggest using saline eye drops for the next day. If you start having any drainage from the eyes, then this is prob an infection and will require antibiotic eye drops. IF the irritation goes away with the saline drops, then it was just from the pool chemicals. If question, medical ap Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My Daughter is experiencing strange smell. When she cries she smells chlorine. So strong it makes her nose and eyes burn.?
Chlorine: Is a harsh chemical, often found in bleach and pool chemicals. Please check your home for any fumes. This chemical will cause burning of eyes, throat and chest. Having said that, if you can't smell it, it's most likely not there Read more
Whenever I go swimming I get little red dots, like goose bumps but redder, and my eyes sting like crazy, would that mean I am allergic to chlorine?
Not allergy but irri: This can be an irritation of chlorine on the eyes bump itis not an allergy. The goose bumps are normal and is due to evaporation of the water and stimulate the muscles in the skin- called the pylosebaceous units. We call these goose bumps just as you describe Read more
Think accidentally made chlorine gas, inhaled 5 minutes or so, developed heartburn, tired eyes, nasal congestion, and sore throat, will I be ok?
Probably: However if the symptoms persists for more than a day or gets worse, check with your doctor. How did you accidentally make chlorine gas in the first place? Read more
I got a splash of chlorine in my right eye. I rinsed under running water for 15 minutes and the pain and redness seemed to go away. Chance of damage?
See an eye doctor: You should still be checked. Please go. Read more
Various: Chemo (i am guessing for tumors not in the eye itself) can have some effects on the eyes. Common ones are tear flow diminution, tear drainage blockage (causing tear overflow), reddening of the surface (usually temporary), ocular muscle changes, optic nerve disruption, central brain vision loss, cataracts (usually from the steroid support) and bleeding (from low platlets). Discuss with oncologist. Read more
It varies: Intacs are placed inside the cornea to improve the refraction. It is not clear yet, if they can cause permanent damage to the cornea. Read more
Sunglasses needed: Photograys can not replace sunglasses in strong light conditions - they are not usually dark enough and allow light into the periphery (from both front and sides). The photogrey effect can also be canceled by your windshield tinting - leaving you unprotected from bright light in the car. Some artificial lighting also triggers the photogrey effect indoors, making it difficult to see. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
IF it had then bad: Millions of lives are saved from water born infection, drinking water will have 3 parts ppm. Yes by products of chlorination may be hepato toxic (liver) carcinogenic but the risks far out weigh benefits, in sone cities ozone is used, give you a tip adding vit c will nullify bad effects of chlorine, next time you have to drink tap water, now you know what to do, that is what I do restorent. Read more
Not for the eyes: Vaseline is not intended for use on the eyes or eyelids. Specially prepared ophthalmic ointments (both prescription and otc) are safe to be used on the eyes and eyelids. It will considerably blur the vision for 15-30 minutes or more. Some ointments are available preservative free, but some people are sensitive to lanolin which may be found in ointment. Read more
What happens if a disease is cured or no longer effects you, is it still 'chronic' in the eyes of the military?
Depends which: Disease. Probably depends if it's in a certain classification that's warrants monitoring or not? You need to find out from the Military Health Dept. What classifies or declassifies certain diagnoses. I'm sure they want strong troopers out on the battlefield, not ones that may fall ill fighting, if a battalion needed strength in numbers. But, not everyone's on the front line either. Read more
Lutein: Is an essential micronutrient (vitamin) for the retina. It is found in dark green leafy vegetables, like spinach, kale and mustard greens and in egg yolks. There is some evidence that lutein may be helpful in prevention of macular degeneration. So be like popeye and eat your spinach. Read more