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What would happen if I touched or rubbed my eye and there was dust on my finger?

What would happen if I touched or rubbed my eye and there was dust on my finger?

Probably nothing: Unless you had a caustic or irritant dust on your finger, probably nothing will lhappen, however, try not to do this. Wash your hands and be careful before touching your eyes. You can contaminate your eyes easily. Be careful! ...Read more

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I hit my eye with my finger yesterday, and now one side of that eye is red. Should i be worried or not?

I hit my eye with my finger yesterday, and now one side of that eye is red. Should i be worried or not?

Hemorrhage: You probably bumped a vein in the conjunctiva and it leaked a tiny spot of blood underneath which will spread in that space so it looks worse than it is. If you vision is fine and you have no pain or discharge, that is by far the most likely thing and you can just wait for it to absorb although it might spread a little bigger before than happens. ...Read more

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Every morning I wake up with runny nose, sneezes, watery red eyes , I keep my room dust free, windows closed. Happens more with cold temp. Treatment?

Every morning I wake up with runny nose, sneezes, watery red eyes , I keep my room dust free, windows closed. Happens more with cold temp. Treatment?

Allergies?: Have you been tested for allergies? Besides dust, other possibilities include dust mites, feathers (in your pillow), mold (in your carpet), etc. You can see your primary care physician to get tested (immunocap = very reliable blood test) and treated; prescriptions or over the counter meds may help you, including oral antihistamines, topical treatments (eye drops, nasal sprays). ...Read more

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I dusted, vaccumed, used vapor rub, cleaned nose took bath still smell dust, tickle in throat, eyes itch, chest hurts , face itches, inner ears itch. ?

I dusted, vaccumed, used vapor rub, cleaned nose took bath still smell dust, tickle in throat, eyes itch, chest hurts , face itches, inner ears itch. ?

Allergies: This sounds like you have some allergies. Dust in homes can be tainted with lead dust, cockroach dander, pet dander, cigarrette smoke, among other toxins and allergic offenders. You need a whopping dose of antihistamine now, say 10 mg cetirizine by mouth. I am worried a little about your chest pain, especially if you have asthma. Do you have an albuterol inhaler at home with spacer? ...Read more

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I sat on and touched something wet on my pants and then cleaned my eyes using those fingers. I am worried about transmission of STDs via eyes/nose. ?

I sat on and touched something wet on my pants and then cleaned my eyes using those fingers. I am worried about transmission of STDs via eyes/nose. ?

Hard to know: Hmmm. Depends what the wet substance was. It's easy to infect eyes with just about anything that can call conjunctival mucosa (eye membranes) moistened by tear fluid, home. Remember, some microbes survive even on dry surfaces (staph, enveloped viruses) which means theoretically, you could infect your eyes even before touching that fluid. Infections can damage vision. Get prompt care if concerned. ...Read more

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I put abreva on my oral herpes, and 30 min later I touched my eyelid with same finger. Is it possible my eye(lid) is effected with hsv-1?

Spreading HSV 1: Yes, it is possible. You must be very careful after touching any active herpetic lesions. It is not uncommon these days to see HSV 1 or 2 in places we used to not see them. If you start having any pain or redness or visual changes in that eye I would be checked by an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Can i take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) while taking rantandine , Prilosec , amoxicillin ? I was cleaning and dust made eyes red and allergy in nose

Can i take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) while taking rantandine , Prilosec , amoxicillin ? I was cleaning and dust made eyes red and allergy in nose

Lot of meds: If you were cleaning, and exposed to dust mites that you might be allergic to, it's better if you can use lubricating eye drops, or something non-medicinal to help you. Even showering and washing your hair to remove the dust mite exposure would be very beneficial. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will have a drying effect on your mucous membranes, and make you feel drowsy. With so much medications on board, sometimes less is more. ...Read more