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Is it better to rinse your eyes with warm or cold water?

Is it better to rinse your eyes with warm or cold water?

Neither: Tap water is not sterile and should only be used for irrigatin in case of an emergency chemical injury when nothing else is available. Use sterile irrigating eyewash to rinse the eyes, or artificial tears. ...Read more

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I have stye in my both eyes I washed and copmpressed it by warm water after 3 weeks iit is not yet gone?

I have stye in my both eyes I washed and copmpressed it by warm water after 3 weeks iit is not yet gone?

Styes: This can be very frustrating. It sounds like you are doing all you can. There are some styes that need to be removed by the eye surgeon an ophthalmologist. If there is also an infection this may take oral medicine along with antibiotic drops. ...Read more

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I got jumped Friday and my eye is swollen, I heard that warm water helps, is that true and also I don't have ice only frozen vegetables?

I got jumped Friday and my eye is swollen, I heard that warm water helps, is that true and also I don't have ice only frozen vegetables?

Ice or cold packs: With frozen vegetables will work the first 48 hours. After the swelling goes down, warm may help relieve pain and speed up the healing. ...Read more

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Hi, I got a little dirty water splashed into my eye. I washed it with warm water immediately. No redness or irritation yet. How serious can it be? Thanks

Hi, I got a little dirty water splashed into my eye. I washed it with warm water immediately. No redness or irritation yet. How serious can it be? Thanks

Depends: That depends how long ago this happened. First things first, you did the right thing to wash it out immediately. If your eyes don't hurt and are not red, It is likely nothing to worry about. Just get it checked out to rule out some rarer issues just in case ...Read more

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My eye is burning, watering, it is red on the outside and inside also warm to touch. And I have small bumps on my eye lid the outside?

My eye is burning, watering, it is red on the outside and inside also warm to touch. And I have small bumps on my eye lid the outside?

It might: Be infection. If it is painful, the cornea might be involved. Your eyesight might be affected. Go to the emergency room at nearest hospital. ...Read more

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Ok so I was cleaning out my ducks cage and some duck poop got on the out side of my eye but I washed my eye with warm water so will it make me sick?

Ok so I was cleaning out my ducks cage and some duck poop got on the out side of my eye but I washed my eye with warm water so will it make me sick?

Probably not: Good that you irrigated it out and time will ultimately tell. However, the type of bacteria in a duck's gut is probably quite dissimilar from ours and so it is unlikely that conditions in your eye would support growth of these bacteria. Nevertheless, it is possible, so if redness, discharge or irritation develop, be sure to check in with your eye care professional. ...Read more

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I scratched my inner eyelid I bled one tear then rinsed my eye out with cold water my eye hurts very little and its a little swollen what do I do?

I scratched my inner eyelid I bled one tear then rinsed my eye out with cold water my eye hurts very little and its a little swollen what do I do?

Trauma: If there is no redness or visual disturbance you could continue cold compresses for another 24 hours and then switch to warm compresses. See your physician if symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more

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My daughter got bath gel in her eye while she was showering. She rinsed it out w/cold water, but it hurts and it's red. Is it ok to put sterile eye d?

My daughter got bath gel in her eye while she was showering. She rinsed it out w/cold water, but it hurts and it's red. Is it ok to put sterile eye d?

Yes: Your daughter has irritated the surface of her eye. To resolve her problem she needs to remove the irritant and then let the damage heal. Using eyewash at the time of insult is great. You can follow this by using hot to cold compresses and cold sterile eye drops like artificial tears. It can take several days to heal. It is better to use compresses than to rub it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I put an acne cream that included Salicylic acid and some came into my eye by accident. I rinsed my eye with cold water. Should I do anything else?

I put an acne cream that included Salicylic acid and some came into my eye by accident. I rinsed my eye with cold water. Should I do anything else?

Irritants in eye: You did the right thing by washing thoroughly to dilute and wash out the cream. If you are not having redness, pain or excessive tearing, you are fine. Washing your hands after applying acne treatments helps. ...Read more

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My eyes keep burning and they often get teary. Should I just keep washing them with cold, clean water or should I opt for medication? Thank you!

My eyes keep burning and they often get teary. Should I just keep washing them with cold, clean water or should I opt for medication? Thank you!

Sounds like Dry eyes: Dry eyes are an often the culprit of many symptoms in the eye which can include burning, stinging, tearing, foreign body sensation, tiredness, heaviness, blurred vision and eye pain. You can have some or all of the symptoms or even none of the symptoms and have dry eye. I would suggest starting with using over-the-counter artificial tears and a warm compress on the eye to see if that helps! ...Read more

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How to stop my eyes watering so much in the cold air?

Tears: This is a common symptom of dry eye. Using artificial tears before going out in the cold can help. Also consider wearing glasses that block the wind. It is also seen in people with exposure where the eyelids don't adequately protect the eyes. See an ophthalmologist if it becomes a recurring problem. ...Read more

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Why do my eyes constantly water when I have a cold or allergy attack?

Why do my eyes constantly water when I have a cold or allergy attack?

Blocked exit: The exit/drainage routes for your tears may be swollen closed by allergic conjunctivitis. There may be reflex tearing that over loads your tear drainage system even if the exit routes are not swollen closed. If your nose is also running, the exit routes are working and it is the excess reflex tearing. ...Read more

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Why do people suffer watering eyes when they have a cold?

Why do people suffer watering eyes when they have a cold?

Conjunctivitis: There is often inflammation or infection of the mucous membrane lining of the eye when one has a cold. This is called conjunctivitis and essentially amounts to irritation leading to reflex tearing. ...Read more