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I showed a friend an old trick to relieve itchy eyes. Use Luke warm water and two table spoons of salt. Completely resolve salt. Use lip of cup to open eye and pour water into eye while blinking. Wait 5 mins. Repeat. Well she it old her friend that it had to be hot water....and way to much salt. Now, 2 days later, his whites of his eyes are solid red and he's using some kind of eye drop to help... What should he do?

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I showed a friend an old trick to relieve itchy eyes. Use Luke warm water and two table spoons of salt. Completely resolve salt. Use lip of cup to open eye and pour water into eye while blinking. Wait 5 mins. Repeat. Well she it old her friend that it had to be hot water....and way to much salt. Now, 2 days later, his whites of his eyes are solid red and he's using some kind of eye drop to help... What should he do?

Hello Meg,

If the salt was disolved in the water (not dry) ther eye should bge fine, maybe slight iritation but it should dissipate within minutes. The injury is more likely a scald from the hot water. If this is the case and there is continued pain past an hour or two I would seek evaluation by a doctor as soon as possible to evaluate for tissue injury of the sclera (the outtermost layer of tissue covering the eye.  

I hope your friend recovers quick.

Marc

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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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