Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Allergic Keratoconjunctivitis Home Care

Home care of keratoconjunctivitis includes:

  • Apply cool compresses for pain:
    • Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 2 hours, for the first few days.
  • Discard eye makeup, contact lenses and cleaning solutions.
  • Do not share towels or eye solution with others.
  • Do not use contact lenses or eye makeup until symptoms are gone.
  • Avoid touching your eyes.
  • Wash your hands immediately after touching your face or wiping your eyes.
  • Clean your eyelashes gently with a warm wet compress.
  • Wash out your eyes several times per day:
    • Use saline eyewash.
  • Use eye drops as directed by your doctor.
  • Children may return to school after:
  • Acetaminophen for pain
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
  • Use prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Allergic Keratoconjunctivitis Pain in Adults

Medications commonly used to control pain and inflammation in adults with keratoconjunctivitis include:


Acetaminophen
  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Adult dosing is 2 regular strength (325 mg) every 4 hours or 2 extra-strength (500 mg) every 6 hours.
  • Maximum dose is 4,000 mg per day.
  • Avoid this drug if you have alcoholism, liver disease or an allergy to the drug. See the package instructions.
  • Common brand names include Tylenol, Panadol, and many others.

Aspirin

Ibuprofen

Naproxen

Ketoprofen

NSAID Precautions

Allergic Keratoconjunctivitis Pain in Children

Common medications used at home for pain in children with keratoconjunctivitis include:


Aspirin and most of the other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are not used in children except under a doctor's care.

Acetaminophen
  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Dosing is 10-15 mg per kilogram (5-7 mg per pound) of body weight every 4-6 hours, up to the adult dose.
  • Do not exceed the maximum daily dose.
  • Acetaminophen products come in various strengths. Always follow the package instructions.
  • Avoid this drug in children with liver disease or an allergy to acetaminophen.
  • Common acetaminophen products include Tylenol, Panadol and many others.

Ibuprofen

Naproxen

Allergic Keratoconjunctivitis Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have keratoconjunctivitis and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Mar 7, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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