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Should I use baby shampoo to clean an eye with pink eye?

Should I use baby shampoo to clean an eye with pink eye?

Yes: It is good to get the build up off the lids and lashes to avoid reinfection. Be sure to wash hands with antibacterial soap as pink eye is very contagious! ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) (Definition)

"Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. "Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. ...Read more


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I have a stye on each eye and a friend of mine told me to wash my eye with baby shampoo. Does that work?

I have a stye on each eye and a friend of mine told me to wash my eye with baby shampoo.  Does that work?

No: A study was done looking at efficacy of various treatments for stye (a nonmedical term for chalazion/hordeolum). The only effective treatment was warm compresses. Sometimes baby shampoo has been recommended for blepharitis, but unless done right, its not recommended as it may irritate the eye further. Typically, if the chalazion isn't improved after a month, incision and drainage may be needed. ...Read more

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How to wash/clean the bottom eye lid with baby shampoo ?

How to wash/clean the bottom eye lid with baby shampoo ?

Blepharitis: Lids scrubs help with blepharitis, or inflammation of the eyelids. There are many ways to do it, including buying pre-packaged lid scrub wipes. I tell my patients just to put some baby shampoo on their finger tips with some tap water and gently scrub your closed eyelids along the lashes. Then rinse your closed lids with tap water. ...Read more

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Does dilluted baby shampoo help whiten the eye ball?

Does dilluted baby shampoo help whiten the eye ball?

Yes and No: At one point, it was thought that cleaning your eyelids with diluted baby shampoo was a good treatment option for blepharitis, a condition that can lead to red, irritated eyes. However, today's thinking is that baby shampoo is not as gentle as once thought to be, and blepharitis should really be treated with otc lid scrubs. ...Read more

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Blepharitis I have been doing everything I should , eye scrubs, baby shampoo, drops, compresses, except the compresses, everything else irritates eyes?

Ask an eye doc: Or a plastic surgeon what else they might try. I might add cucumber slices - slomething cold next to your eyes will soothe them.

Inflammation of the eyelids might go down with a topical steroid cream. Ask your eye doc. ...Read more

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I seem to be getting frequent eye styes, despite good eye lid hygiene. (using baby shampoo to wash lids twice daily and stopped using makeup). ideas?

I seem to be getting frequent eye styes, despite good eye lid hygiene. (using baby shampoo to wash lids twice daily and stopped using makeup). ideas?

Oral medications : Ask your eye care professional if oral doxycycline is an option for you. It can be effective by reducing oil production in patients with chronic chalazion formation. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of a sty/chalazion I have tried everything from warm compresses, tea bags, washing my eye lids with baby shampoo but its not workin?

How do you get rid of a sty/chalazion I have tried everything from warm compresses, tea bags, washing my eye lids with baby shampoo but its not workin?

Warm compresses: Requires many weeks, otherwise there is medicine you can take by mouth, Minocin (minocycline) or Doxycycline that also take time to resolve the style. ...Read more

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I keep getting mgd( lil tiny clear bubble)on surface of lower eye lid every other day, i tried warm compress, baby shampoo&omega 3 supl , eye lubricant?

I keep getting mgd( lil tiny clear bubble)on surface of lower eye lid every other day, i tried warm compress, baby shampoo&omega 3 supl , eye lubricant?

Meibomian Gland Dysf: Continue the warm compress. Try lid massage. Use a q-tip or a warm washcloth on the tips of your fingers to rub along the lash line on the top and bottom lid only twice per day. Also, talk to your ophthalmologist about the following treatments:
artificial lubricants (for frequent use, nonpreserved preferred)
topical emollient lubricant or liposomal spray
topical azithromycin. ...Read more

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How to treat pink eye in 5month old baby?

How to treat pink eye in 5month old baby?

See your doctor: Symptoms like these are best deterimed by a thorough evaluation by your baby's physician. Based on his/her findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help your baby. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pink eye in a baby or toddler?

What are the symptoms of pink eye in a baby or toddler?

Redness: Red, watery eye with some mucus discharge. Pink eye is a viral infection and usually happens after getting a cold. If the discharge is green and pussy then it may be bacterial. It’s a good idea to consult an eye care provider in person. ...Read more

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My child is 12 years old and has pink eye. Does she need to stay away from school?

My child is 12 years old and has pink eye.  Does she need to stay away from school?

Pink eye: A child diagnosed with pink eye or bacterial conjunctivitis needs to remain home till 24 hours of antibacterial eye drops. After 24 hours of medication the child will not be contagious and can return to school. During those first 24 hours of treatment at home avoid having the child use a towel or wash cloth that somebody else will use. Handwashing decreases of spreading to others at home. ...Read more

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Can I hold a newborn baby if my pink eye isn't contagious anymore? So, when isn't it contagious anymore?

Can I hold a newborn baby if my pink eye isn't contagious anymore?  So, when isn't it contagious anymore?

When white: When the virus is losing the battle, the eye whitens up and the secretions decrease, then you are not shedding virus. Also you should wash your hands and face thoroughly and wear new clothes. Remember if the parents knew you had pink eye, despite whatever precautions you take, and the child gets it, then who is in the dog house! ...Read more

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Is ok to hold my baby if I have pink eye?

Is ok to hold my baby if I have pink eye?

Yes With caution: Most common from viral conjunctivitis is very contagious. You can infect another simply by touching your eye or face and then transmitting the virus to a surface or another person. Washing your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol sanitizer will help prevent transmission to your baby. Do not share washcloths or towels. Wash all inspected garments and hot water. Clean surfaces too. ...Read more

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Are their any helpful home remedies for pink-eye in a child?

Are their any helpful home remedies for pink-eye in a child?

Relief, not cure: Most pink eye in childhood and infancy is due to viral conjunctivitis. You can relieve the symptoms with warm soaks and bland eyedrops to clear out secretions. Sometimes there is bacterial infection - look for swelling, pus, crusting. If these are present see your ophthalmologist. Home remedies can relieve symptoms but not cure the problem. ...Read more

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If your child has pink eye, what should you do or watch out for?

If your child has pink eye, what should you do or watch out for?

Most pink eye...: .. isn't serious, doesn't harm the eye, and clears in a few days. However, sometimes pink eye can get worse, or be a sign of something serious. See the doctor urgently if:
- Child develops severe eye pain, or pain w eye movement.
- High fevers or vomiting.
- Light starts to hurt the eyes.
- Spots/blisters develop on the skin next to the eye.
- Vision becomes affected.
- If the child is a newborn. ...Read more

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Pink eye in chihuahua, can my baby get it as well?

Pink eye in chihuahua, can my baby get it as well?

Very unlikely: Most viruses will not cross species lines and so what your dog gets, humans will not get. Check your baby occasionally and see if there is any changes. ...Read more

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My baby has had pink eye for 2 weeks and the eyedrops have not helped. What should I do?

My baby has had pink eye for 2 weeks and the eyedrops have not helped.  What should I do?

Recheck: Not every infection responds to every antibiotic. If the infection has not cleared within 10 - 14 days, recheck with the doctor who prescribed the original eyedrops. Every medical treatment is an experiment. We never know which drug will work, though we are usually pretty sure. Sometimes, we have to try a different treatment if the first one doesn't work. ...Read more

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In a child care setting, can pink eye be passed around, with children who had it previously becoming reinfected (within a week or two)?

In a child care setting, can pink eye be passed around, with children who had it previously becoming reinfected (within a week or two)?

Infection control: Children with pink eye are isolated to limit the ongoing spread and ping pong effects. Frequent hand washing is a must for the children and their caregivers. ...Read more

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Hi! Tonight I was holding a baby with pink eye for a while, and at first no one told me that she had pink eye so I am not sure if it came in contact with my eyes. Tomorrow I am leaving for a trip with a sports team, so what should I do if I end up having

Hi! Tonight I was holding a baby with pink eye for a while, and at first no one told me that she had pink eye so I am not sure if it came in contact with my eyes. Tomorrow I am leaving for a trip with a sports team, so what should I do if I end up having

Watchful waiting: Almost all "pink eye" is viral and does not need treated. However, it is very contageous. If you washed well before rubbing your own eyes, you should be fine. If however you develop symptoms of purulent discharge in just one eye or it spreads from one eye to the other, a physical exam will be needed. ...Read more

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I have a five month old whom has pink eye. I have ciprofloxacin hydrocholride solution 0.3% (brand new, never used) can I use this for the baby?

I have a five month old whom has pink eye. I have ciprofloxacin hydrocholride solution 0.3% (brand new, never used) can I use this for the baby?

See doctor first: You can, but it is more important to find out why a 5 month old has conjuctivitis. There may be an underlying problem present that should be seen by a doctor. ...Read more

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My child's pink eye hasn't gone away. It's been three weeks. Should I be nervous ?

My child's pink eye hasn't gone away. It's been three weeks. Should I be nervous ?

Maybe: A child with "pink eye" usually has a viral infection, sometimes allergies, sometimes a bacterial infection, and occasionally other problems. Usually, symptoms go away in a few days, or up to a week or so. A pediatrician often will recheck the child if symptoms haven't gone away in a week, and recommend the child see an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) if symptoms are persistent or worse than average. ...Read more

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Are eye drops for pink eye that are prescribed to a baby be used by an adult as well?

No.: You should not used any prescription medication given to someone else. Also, typically, adult pink eye is due to a virus, and not treated with antibiotic drops. ...Read more

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My child has pink eye, which the doctor says is contagious. Is it necessary to wash stuffed animals?

My child has pink eye, which the doctor says is contagious.  Is it necessary to wash stuffed animals?

Doubt it: Never heard of that one, but theoretically, its possible the virus is hanging out on the animals, as well as all the furniture in the house. Forget it. ...Read more

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8 month baby has crust in/around one eye when he wakes from sleep.his eye is not red or seems irritated. He has slight code. could it be pink eye?

8 month baby has crust in/around one eye when he wakes from sleep.his eye is not red or seems irritated. He has slight code. could it be pink eye?

Massage and ? antibx: Plugged tear ducts are what you are describing and are not uncommon.When the tears can't drain properly because of the blocked duct, the tears sitting by the lids can cause intermittent irritation and make the baby more prone to developing conjunctivitis. You need to be doing tear duct massage several times a day, (have your pediatrician show you how), and may need on ; off antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the thin mucous membrane that lines the front surface of the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids. As the inflammation increases, it causes tiny blood vessels to dilate, thus leading to a ...Read more


Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Baby Shampoo (Definition)

Gentle use of baby shampoo will sometimes remove the ...Read more