Took dd (13) to a walk in centre today as her lower eyelid is swollen, sore and red. She's also come up with a cold sore today. The 'emergency practitioner' said that cold sores couldn't spread to the eye and that it looked inflamed so for her to take an antihistamine and if it starts getting gunky go to the pharmacist for some eye drops. It hasn't helped, it looks just as swollen if, not more. we think we can see maybe the beginning of a blister or it could just be a stye but I'm a bit worried. Should I be? Her eye itself is beginning to go a bit red. We waited 2 hours this morning, so I don't know whether I should phone out of hours, or let it be. Were we given good advice? Am I overreacting?
Does your hospital have an eye casualty dept? If so go there or just to a&e. If it is a herpes (cold sore) infection it needs treating properly and not with antihistamines. She may need zovirax eye drops.
Good news is that they think it is a stye and dd is really unlucky to get both happening at the same time the doctor did go and get a second opinion so I don't feel too silly but I do feel a bit silly we were told to go back if her vision gets affected at all.
Thanks both! The triage nurse did make me feel very silly (should have gone to OOH and normally that would be the choice I would make but after this morning...) but the doctor was lovely and made us feel that we had done the right thing in going there. What a waste of a Saturday though
Oh my poor love! She had her chickenpox jab yesterday and I just asked to see it. she's having a huge local reaction to it - most of her upper arm is red in a big circle around it. no wonder she is feeling really sorry for herself!
Thanks dikkert, I've been kicking myself this morning for overreacting, but I've never seen a stye affect the whole eyelid and into the cheek before, with turning the eye red. She looked like she had been thumped.
I'm quite startled about her chickenpox jab reaction too, she has an annual flu jab and gets no reaction and had just a little reaction to her hpv jabs. So , unless its because its a live vaccine?.... She did have a few allergies when she was little, so perhaps the tendency is still there.
Anyway she is sleeping in this morning, I'm really hoping that its all looking more obvious and normal when she gets up.