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Adult Mucopurulent Conjunctivitis
What's regular?: There are several different kinds. Mucopurulent is the gooey kind, usually associated with bacterial conjunctivitis, but almost anything that makes your eye red is conjunctivitis (technically it means inflammation of part of the eye lining). That includes bacteria, viruses, allergies, irritants (i.e. Sand/dust) and chemicals. There's even "giant papillary conjunctivitis.". ...Read more
Chlamydial Sx: Chlamydia does not go away on its own. Other less common bacterial conjuctivitis definitely needs rx. ...Read more
Usually: Bacterial conjunctivitis goes away in a few days on it's own. In england, as a rule , they do not treat common conjunctivitis because it is difficult to distinguish bacterial from viral conjunctivitis & both almost always go away on their own. Their reasoning is that the cost of the preparations used for treatment outweighs the benefits. That said, treatment may hasten recovery & limit spread. ...Read more
Absolutely!: Allergic conjunctivitis is very common, especially now in spring. Itching, red, burning associated with pollen, animals, dust, mold. Responds to allergy eyedrops, antihistamine pills. Viral conj. (pinkeye) also common, very contagious. Bacterial eyedrops, often required by administrators for return to school for red eyed kids, do nothing for these; only the rare case of bacterial conjunctivitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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