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Are there any over-the-counter medicine for a minor eye infection?

Are there any over-the-counter medicine for a minor eye infection?

No: Any bacterial eye infections should be treated with a prescription antibiotic. Most viral infections do not have a good antiviral medication that is effective and you usually have to let them run their course (e.g. "pink eye"). Certain herpes infections of the eye can be treated with topical and/or oral antiviral agents. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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4mo old has: stuffy nose, eye infection, lots of mucus. Breathing sounds normal but chesty cough, no fever. Arrange a Drs visit or over the counter med?

4mo old has: stuffy nose, eye infection, lots of mucus. Breathing sounds normal but chesty cough, no fever. Arrange a Drs visit or over the counter med?

Doctor can evaluate: A primary care doctor can check to see if there is a cold (viral infection), a strep throat (bacterial and would need antibiotics), an ear infection, or wheezing in the lungs (might need some asthma treatment), etc... A 4 month-old is pretty young, so a doctor's visit is recommended. Babies with simultaneous eye discharge and lots of nose and throat mucus, may have ear infections at the same time. ...Read more

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I have an eye infection I ususally get when I am under a lot of stress. What is the over counter treatment you recommend?

I have an eye infection I ususally get when I am under a lot of stress. What is the over counter treatment you recommend?

Needs a look by MD: Stress may lower your resistance to infection but will not cause infection all by itself. If your eye gets red frequently, let an ophthalmologist look at it once to see if there is no other problem. He/she might recommend eyedrops to use to deal with the redness which probably is not an infection. ...Read more

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Do they sell OTC eye infection medicine?

Do they sell OTC eye infection medicine?

No: If you think you have an eye infection, you need to see your ophthalmologist or optometrist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat a minor eye infection?

What can I do to treat a minor eye infection?

Wait it out: Most conjuctivitus will run there coarse without treatment. If it persists more than a week I would see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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How do physicians treat a minor eye infection?

How do physicians treat a minor eye infection?

Observation: With minimally symptomatic conjunctivitis, most cases resolve spontaneously without sequelae within a week so we recommend artificial tears for comfort and observation for worsening. Many eye infections are caused by viruses and simply need to run their course - like adenovirus. Some, like herpes need anti-virals. True bacterial conjunctivitis is treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have just gotten over a minor eye infection nd now my throat and head hurt. I have been exercising for up to two hour everyday for a week now?

I have just gotten over a minor eye infection nd now my throat and head hurt. I have been exercising for up to two hour everyday for a week now?

Virus: These are pretty classical symptoms for adenovirus. You might have a somewhat depressed immune system due to increased workouts. Make sure you get plenty of rest, eat well, and drink lots of water. Wash your hands frequently for now too! ...Read more

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How come eye infection caused my eye to go smaller and how can I get it back to normal cos its been small for over a week and my eye is still abit red?

It's not: It's not really smaller. It's just that your eyelid is closed more because of the irritation causing it to look smaller. As the infection clears, it should return to normal. See your eye doctor if it isn't getting better. ...Read more

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Is medicine is good for eye infection??

Is medicine is good for eye infection??

Yes when infection p: Yes there are ophthalmic antibiotics for eye infections. You should contact your primary for an examination and if necessary she will refer you to an ophthalmologist. Your eyes are extremely important so do not delay in contacting your Dr. ...Read more

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I had eye infection in september the eye infected is still small and has not returned back to the normal size?

I had eye infection in september the eye infected is still small and has not returned back to the normal size?

Unusual: May not be an infection, but rather an ocular inflammation with a smaller pupil size. You need an exam to rule out uveitis, episcleritis, or other inflammatory eye conditions. ...Read more

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Terbinafine250mg is given for fungal infection. Started the medicine. I got eye infection 2days later. I was prescribed ciprofloxin 500mg. Can I take both?

Terbinafine250mg is given for fungal infection. Started the medicine. I got eye infection 2days later. I was prescribed ciprofloxin 500mg. Can I take both?

You cautiously can: While on both medications, avoid alcohol, monitor your body closely and report any concerns or side effects to your doctor, be sure to go back for reevaluation. ...Read more

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Lids has yellow crust every morning. How do I get rid of eye infection? Have some old steroid medicine

Lids has yellow crust every morning. How do I get rid of eye infection? Have some old steroid medicine

Crusting of lash/lid: Chronic eyelid crusting usually caused by a type of deep seated infection of the lids oil glands or lash follicles. Warm compresses for ten minutes folowed by scrubbing the lashes and lid margin can help rid some forms of ofending agents and lessen the use of topically applied antibiotics. Steroids without antibiotics might do more harm than good. See eye doctor if you are uncertain. ...Read more

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Faint headache heaviness, small lump behind the left side of my neck, had an eye infection few days back. Could be related? Or is it related to stress

Faint headache heaviness, small lump behind the left side of my neck, had an eye infection few days back. Could be related? Or is it related to stress

Possibly: I definitely don't think you get lumps in your neck or eye infections from stress. I think we would most usually expect a palpable/"feel able" lymph node from an eye infection to be behind the ear but the neck is not that far away! Perhaps there was some low grade infection near your eye as well. If all improving, OK to watch; if lymph node enlargement persists 3-4 weeks, see Doc. Stay well! ...Read more

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My left eye gets itchy and red and I've felt pain and pressure and I have small little balls inside my eyelid is this an eye infection?

My left eye gets itchy and red and I've felt pain and pressure and I have small little balls inside my eyelid is this an eye infection?

See eye doc: Your symptoms suggest the possibility of a foreign body or infection or both in your left eye. You should see an eye specialist as soon as possible as early treatment could save you from loss of visual acuity. ...Read more

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Can eye infection be passed between dog and human?

Yes: While not all pathogens (bacteria, viruses, fungi) can pass from dog to human, or human to dog, many can. ...Read more

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I have had and eye infection for about over a month, what's wrong?

I have had and eye infection for about over a month, what's wrong?

Eye infection: Some eye infections could be difficult to treat. Have you already been evaluated for the infection and placed on treatment? If not, now would be a good time to get evaluated. Your primary care doctor or eye doctor can help. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why isn't my eye infection of seven weeks going away after all this time?

Not an infection: Eye infections usually do not last this long but other eye irritations can--please have an ophthalmologist recheck this. ...Read more

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What should I do to make sure my eye infection doesn't spread to my family?

What should I do to make sure my eye infection doesn't spread to my family?

Best to cover it: Cover it shut with an eye patch if you can. Wash your hands after you touch your eye and don't let kids touch your eye. ...Read more

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Is there a way to nip my eye infection before it gets worse and more painful?

Is there a way to nip my eye infection before it gets worse and more painful?

See your doctor: I know you don't want to hear it, but in order to know what kind of infection you have and how best to treat it, your eye doctor should be consulted. Some infections (like pink eye) will go away on their own. Others, such as bacterial infections from contact lenses or eyelid infections, can be visually devastating if improperly treated. And most infections can be easily treated with eye drops. ...Read more

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What is an eye infection?

What is an eye infection?

Infection: An infection of the conjunctiva--conjunctivitis can be viral or bacterial. Other parts of the eye, or all the parts can become infected. Cornea- Keratitis; Retina-keratitis; vitreous-vitritis ...Read more

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How to treat eye infection?

How to treat eye infection?

Vision is precious: If you truly have eye infection, please contact doc for eval and treatment asap. Some infections such as gonococcal conjunctivitis or herpes heratitis can cause vision loss in relatively short time and so treatment is needed. Since I don't know what you have, I advise seeking care asap, money can't buy vision, but it can preserve it or prevent visual loss. So, consult doc asap. Good luck. ...Read more

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I think I have an eye infection?

Associated symptoms?: There are various associated problems that can help determine the cause of your condition.

For instance, do you have any of the following?
- red eyes
- tearing
- discharge
- pain
- eye injury
- contact lens use ...Read more

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Can I swim after an eye infection?

Can I swim after an eye infection?

Yes: Once you have recovered completely give yourself a few weeks and with the clearance of your ophthalmologist, you may resume your normal activities. You may feel more comfortable wearing goggles while swimming. ...Read more

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What are signs of an eye infection?

What are signs of an eye infection?

Pain in the eye: A feeling that something is in the eye
increased sensitivity to light.
Yellow, green, bloody, or watery discharge from the eye.
Increasing redness of the eye or eyelids.
A gray or white sore on the colored part of the eye.
Fever with no other cause.
Blurred or decreased vision. ...Read more