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mirandashell
01-05-2012, 11:47 PM
Woke up yesterday morning with my left eye swollen shut and weeping like Niagra Falls. I struggle to the bathroom, passing OH who has a look of horror/amusement on his mush.

I look in the mirror.... dear lord I look like Alan Minter after the Hagler fight! :Wha::scared:

So I get an emergency appointment at my doctors. He takes one look and says 'I'm sorry, you'll have to go to the Eye Hospital. We're not equipped to deal with that kind of thing.' Then he scrubs his hands. With soap and hot water.....

Oh no, flesh-eating virus! Wahhhhhhhh!

I get all the way across the city to the EH, unable to see and nose running like a tap.

I spent SIX hours in the hospital. And only about 30 minutes of that was with a doctor or a nurse. I hate walk-in clinics......

Siri Kirpal
01-06-2012, 12:52 AM
Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

Ouch! I had something similar happen around this time last year. Woke up with eye bright red and painful. The doctor who prescribed an antibiotic eye drop told me it would go away within a few days. It didn't. Had three doctors scratching their heads at one point. Turned out to be an allergy that for some unfathomable reason only showed up in one eye. Still spend several minutes each morning wiping gunk from the afflicted eye. But at least it's the normal color.

Hope yours is better now and that you won't have a long time dealing with it.

Blessings,

Siri Kirpal

mirandashell
01-06-2012, 12:54 AM
Thanks Siri! It's much better now.

Mine turned out to be viral. The cold sore virus, would you believe? I didn't know you could get it in your eye.

Maryn
01-06-2012, 01:17 AM
Yikes! Be glad it wasn't the day the hard-to-get photographer was scheduled to do your author shoot, eh?

Maryn, glad it's been seen to, however slowly

mirandashell
01-06-2012, 01:18 AM
Ack no! Don't say that! LOL!

Did that happen to you?

fireluxlou
01-06-2012, 01:20 AM
Aww hope you are well. I had that once, except it was a massive Stye and it was incredible irritating.

backslashbaby
01-06-2012, 01:25 AM
Aaack! I hope it gets better soon.

I woke up once with my bottom lip about to explode, it was so big. Turns out it was a hive reaction (dunno what from). The doc told me it happens sometimes to testicles! I imagine that would be terrifying.

mirandashell
01-06-2012, 01:26 AM
I had a stye when I was a kid. I remember it itched like buggery.

This was really painful though. I couldn't even open my eye cos the light hurt it.

amergina
01-06-2012, 01:27 AM
Mine turned out to be viral. The cold sore virus, would you believe? I didn't know you could get it in your eye.

Owch! Glad it cleared up! Eye issues are scary. :(

My cat got something similar (feline herpes--not transferable to humans)... caused a very bad corneal ulcer which required surgery. Poor thing was in an e-collar for a month.

mirandashell
01-06-2012, 01:27 AM
Aaack! I hope it gets better soon.

I woke up once with my bottom lip about to explode, it was so big. Turns out it was a hive reaction (dunno what from). The doc told me it happens sometimes to testicles! I imagine that would be terrifying.


Oooh oh oh oh! Now all the male readers will have their legs crossed.....


I nearly said male members.....

mirandashell
01-06-2012, 01:30 AM
Owch! Glad it cleared up! Eye issues are scary. :(

I know. Especially when the doctor scrubs his hands as soon as he touches it......




My cat got something similar (feline herpes--not transferable to humans)... caused a very bad corneal ulcer which required surgery. Poor thing was in an e-collar for a month


Oh bless! Cats always look pathetically sad for themselves in those, don't they?

KellyAssauer
01-06-2012, 02:49 AM
I nearly said male members.....

I think they usually cross their fingers...


Poison Ivy. Wasn't in my eye, but so close that it was swollen nearly shut. I was in 5th grade. I felt I'd become a monster.

regdog
01-06-2012, 04:08 PM
:(

mirandashell
01-06-2012, 05:49 PM
We don't have poison ivy over here. Stinging nettles are the nearest we get.

backslashbaby
01-06-2012, 06:07 PM
Really? I never knew that! Oh, it's an experience. I used to be immune, until I got into a hideous patch by being careless because I was immune.

Is your eye better? Olive leaf extract is good for virus infection (really). Orally, not like in your eye, lol.

mirandashell
01-06-2012, 06:11 PM
Yeah, it's much better, thanks. It's still red so I'm taking the prescribed drops. But it's way better than it was.

Gretad08
01-06-2012, 07:51 PM
This reminds me of the Dad from My Big Fat Greek Wedding. As his Windex cure is rebuffed, he says "Last night my toe was as big as my face." Of course, he cured it with Windex.

I don't know why but that line made me laugh out loud.

BeatrixKiddo
01-07-2012, 03:42 AM
Thanks Siri! It's much better now.

Mine turned out to be viral. The cold sore virus, would you believe? I didn't know you could get it in your eye.


I'm sorry to hear that. Be very careful after you've touched your lips if you have a cold sore, that you wash your hands before touching your eyes.

Most folks don't realize how contagious cold sores are. My ex infected me last year (lucky me) and I did the research. Cold sores are an oral strain of the herpes virus and once in the eye, it's called ocular herpes. It can even lead to blindness. So, be very, very careful that you do not get your other eye infected.

Some cold sore strains can also be transmitted to the genitals and become genital herpes.

Supposedly, 80 percent of us will have cold sores by the time we're 40 and scientists now think it's one of the leading causes of blindness in aging adults.

Take care of your eyes, and wash your hands! Cold sores are contagious from the time you feel just a little tingle to even after they seem healed. They are always "shedding", even if you don't have an obvious bump. Bring hand sanitizer with you if you can't wash your hands.

I used a lip balm with L-Lysine in it. It works great for keeping the cold sores at bay and heals them quickly if I get one. Prevention is key too. Wear sunblock on your lips. The sun pops out new ones. So does stress, certain foods, etc.

mirandashell
01-07-2012, 03:47 AM
Actually, I asked the eye specialist if that was how it happened and he said no. It's in my blood stream and got from there into my eye.

BeatrixKiddo
01-07-2012, 03:50 AM
Really? That, I did not know. I thought as long as you kept your hands off of your eyes, they'd be ok.

Sigh.

Well, my eyes have been ok so far but I've only had the virus for a short time compared to most folks. Most get infected as children with their first cold sores.

I hope your eyes feel better hon.

mirandashell
01-07-2012, 03:50 AM
Don't worry, he also said it's pretty rare and fairly easy to treat.

Paul
01-07-2012, 03:53 AM
currently using an antibiotic for my 'infected' eye. seems to be making it worse. very annoying.

mirandashell
01-07-2012, 08:38 PM
I'd go back to the doctor then, Paul.

French Maiden
01-07-2012, 08:55 PM
When I was 6 I intentionally contracted conjunctivitis from one of my friends so I could get a day off school. What I didnt realise was that it glued your eye lids shut and was disgusting & painful - It was so worth it though - A whole week off school thank you very much. :)

mirandashell
01-07-2012, 09:21 PM
School was that bad?

French Maiden
01-08-2012, 07:24 PM
I hated my teacher she was a nasty piece of work.

mirandashell
01-08-2012, 08:59 PM
Sounds it if a week of sticky eye is a better deal!

Susan Littlefield
01-09-2012, 05:57 AM
Years ago, the way I found out I am allergic to penicillin was to wake up with a swollen tingling face. Literally.

No fun.

Miranda, glad you are better.

mirandashell
01-09-2012, 05:22 PM
Eep!

I think that's the way most people find out though. Not nice.

BeatrixKiddo
01-09-2012, 05:42 PM
I haven't had any flare ups in my eyes yet with the virus. *knock on wood* Hoping it stays that way.

Glad your eye is better. I've been reading more articles lately on the cold sore virus and scientists are doing more research on it because they think it may even be related to Alzheimer's disease due to the episodes of inflamation closer to the brain. That's scary, but maybe it's also a good thing because that means they'll pore more money into finding something that might possibly get rid of the virus one day, or perhaps some kind of cold sore vaccine. Of course, the drug companies will get a hold of it and make it ridiculously expensive for anyone who doesn't have insurance.

That's why I'm glad I found the L-Lysine lip balm. It works better then the expensive prescription anti-viral cream I was using for my lips when I'd get one. Cheaper too. (I'm lucky enough to have health insurance, but every year the co-pays go up and the coverage is less.) Supposedly, the lysine enzyme prevents the virus from duplicating. If you'd like the name of the one I use, let me know and I'll send you a PM about it. I'm so glad I found it. I tend to get at least one sore a month, and sometimes one right after another. There is more then one strain of cold sore virus and some strains are worse then others.

Ugh. Viruses, icky bad.

swachski
01-09-2012, 05:51 PM
Miranda, glad to hear you're getting better.

For all of you wearing contacts, be even more careful with hygiene. I just listened to an NPR story about amoebas adhering to contacts and causing severe infections. Gah!

BeatrixKiddo
01-09-2012, 05:56 PM
I've heard about them too, but most towns put chlorine in the water supply before it gets to the tap which kills the amoebas.

The info I've read was focused more on towns that don't have city water filtration plants. They put so much chlorine in our water supply sometimes, I can even smell it coming out of the tap or the shower.

swachski
01-09-2012, 06:05 PM
Makes you wonder why they are upping the chlorine...

Can you believe some people use fruit juice, and even beer to soak their contacts??

*shakes head at the degradation of the gene pool*

mirandashell
01-09-2012, 11:09 PM
Thanks Bea. If you could PM that, I'll see if it's available here.

BeatrixKiddo
01-10-2012, 02:01 AM
Makes you wonder why they are upping the chlorine...

Can you believe some people use fruit juice, and even beer to soak their contacts??

*shakes head at the degradation of the gene pool*

Heh! Ya know, I didn't really think about that until you mentioned it. Now I'm worried. Lots of extra chlorine in the water, nothing to worry about, right? :D


Thanks Bea. If you could PM that, I'll see if it's available here.

No problem, hon. (I've had so many medical issues over the years, it's given me a morbid joy in sharing any info I can on anything that can help others who might share the same ailments.)

PM on the way...

Victoria
01-10-2012, 06:06 AM
When I was in the ninth grade, I got a horrible sunburn during a class swim trip. My lips exploded with cold sores, top and bottom, so bad that I couldn't open my mouth. Not pretty, and soooo mortifying. Soon after that, my left eye puffed up and turned red. Kids were calling me Icky Vickie. Man, why did I have to read this thread... *slinks away to lick old wounds*