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Bacterial Conjunctivitis Home Remedy
I have just contracted bacterial conjunctivitis and have to fly home from asia tomorrow what should I do? My eye is very red and blurred and weaping.
See Doctor: You will need to be seen by doctor for exam and then prescribed antibiotic eye drops if indicated. Not sure if there are walk-in clinics where you are currently but that would be a good place to start. If you cannot be seen urgently keep area clean, dry. Warm compresses. Then see doc as soon as you get home. ...Read more
Sometimes difficult: Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis can be difficult to distinguish. Viral are more common, are usually bilateral, and typically come along with a cold or other respiratory infection. Bacteria can and do become secondary agents in viral conjunctivitis. Pure bacterial conjunctivitis are usually unilateral and are commonly associated with poor eyelid hygiene and overgrowth of skin organisms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes but becareful: Many things cause fevers and fewer things cause conjunctivitis. A viral infection causing the fever with secondary bacterial conjunctivitis is possible. These need to be examined with a high level of suspicion. Miss-diagnosis of conjunctivitis is common amongst the non-eye docs and the ensuing complications could be detrimental. Please see an eye doctor if you have this problem. ...Read more
Probably yes, but...: Bacterial conjunctivitis normally is treated with antibiotic eyedrops, doesn't usually need antibiotics by mouth. Also most conjunctivitis is viral, not bacterial, and will not respond to any antibiotic. If your doctor prescribed cephalexain (Keflex), take it as directed. If you are diagnosing and/or treating yourself, e.g. with leftover medication, don't do it; see your doctor first. Good luck. ...Read more
Depends on your doc: It's taking a chance diagnosing over the phone. You could get it wrong and treat it improperly. If your doctor has seen you for this multiple times and your symptoms are exactly the same then they may consider it. ...Read more
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Antibiotics: Bacterial conjunctivitis should be treated with topical antibiotic eye drops. Often treatment is empiric with a broad spectrum drop. If the conjunctivitis is not responding to treatment quickly then culture and sensitivity testing is indicated. Warm compresses may provide increased comfort and help with removal of dried exudate or discharge. ...Read more
Equivalent: These are combination drops with tobramycin, an effective antibiotic, combined with either Dexamethasone or Lotemax (loteprednol) - both effective topical anti-inflammatory steroids. Any condition for which one is useful, will be handled by the other. The makers of Lotemax (loteprednol) claim a lower incidence of pressure elevation, but these drops are for short term use and pressure is not likely to be a problem. ...Read more
Conjunctivitis: Relatively benign condition which usually responds within a week to 10 days with an eye drop. Should be examined by ophthalmologist to make sure that there is not an associated corneal problem like a keratitis or corneal ulceration. If an associated sore throat or swollen glands are present, that problem should also be addressed. ...Read more
What to do if I I caught conjunctivitis from my place of work about a month agokeep crying. can bacterial conjunctivitis develop into allergic conjunctivitis?
Unlikely: The eyes are pretty terrific at fighting off potential invaders. Most conjunctivitis is due to viruses. Bacterial usually requires underlying breaks in the defense such as trauma, recent surgery and immunologic deficiency. Rubbing by itself will not cause bacterial infection. If your hands are somehow infected and there is a break in the defense it is possible. Avoid rubbing and wash hands. ...Read more
Contact: Babies in mothers exposed to chlamyia could get clamydia when passing through the vaina. Almost all hospitals in the us treat baby with an antiobitic ointment after they are born. Chlamyia infection is one of the leading causes of blindness in third world countries where antiotic use is limited. ...Read more
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