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Hi I was washing dishes tonight and a drop of diluted with water dishwashing liquid ejected into the corner of my eye. Will it be ok?I have an appt with an eye doctor on friday on a separate issue but maybe what happened is an emergency?? it was a tiny drop. Freaking out here!

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Hello Tonia,

I apologize for taking so long to respond back (the system didn't notify me as it usually does that I had a question up on here). Yes, dish soap in the eye will burn but shouldn't cause any lasting damage. If in doubt wash your eye out with lots of water. In Tox-Medic class they say "the solution for pollution in dilution" you can almost never go wrong if you dilute whatever toxin or irritant is bothering you. Remember, if you wear contact lenses to take them out when you flush your eye or the soap may still be caught behind the lens.

Hopefully you have already seen your eye doctor and he has given you a similar response.

Stay healthy and safe,

Marc

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Marcus LaBarbera

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I am available to answer most questions related to: first aid, pre- hospital medicine, EMT and Paramedic questions, medical transport, critical care transport, ICU/CCU care, sedation, and medicine in general.

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I have worked as a NYS Paramedic since 1993 for both community based ambulance companies and large commercial agencies. I Have experience as bike team commander, and shift supervisor for a commercial ambulance. As a member of the Disaster team I was deployed to Louisiana for 20 days following hurricane Katrina. I worked along side the county Haz-Mat team as a "Tox-Medic" with advanced training in treating injuries from chemical agents. Besides my experience on the on the ambulance I have worked in a number of hospital based offices including dialysis and a sleep lab.

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I started my EMS career as a NYS CFR (Certified First Responder)in 1989, an EMT in 1991, a Paramedic since 1993, and a CCU transport paramedic since 2005. I currently hold certification as a: NYS Paramedic, Critical Care Transport Paramedic, ACLS/CPR/PALS certified. Advanced Haz-Mat Life Support certified (AHLS). In the past I have taught CPR and ACLS to my coworkers and the local community.

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