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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


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Are the treatment options different for viral and bacterial conjunctivitis?

Are the treatment options different for viral and bacterial conjunctivitis?

Yes: Bacteria is treated with antibiotics. Viral conjunctivitis generally does not require treatment although they are some exception like the shingles virus. ...Read more

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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.

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

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How soon does bacterial conjunctivitis shown up?

How soon does bacterial conjunctivitis shown up?

1-3 days: Bacterial conjunctivitis will usually show up in 1 to 3 days. Redness, discharge, crusting especially in morning, and itching are symptoms. ...Read more

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Which is more common: viral or bacterial conjunctivitis?

Which is more common: viral or bacterial conjunctivitis?

Viral: is easily the most common and that is why antibiotics are rarely necessary for conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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How can i know if i have a viral or bacterial conjunctivitis?

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 more

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What is the organism of bacterial conjunctivitis?

What is the organism of bacterial conjunctivitis?

Many: Staph. Aureus, strep.Pneumonae, and hemophilus influenza are the most common bacterial pathogens. Others include moraxella sp., corynebacterium diphtheriae, neisseria sp. And enteric gram negative bacilli. ...Read more

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Does / can bacterial conjunctivitis cause a fever?

Does / can bacterial conjunctivitis cause a fever?

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

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Can oral keflex be used to treat bacterial conjunctivitis?

Can oral keflex be used to treat bacterial conjunctivitis?

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

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Can I get antibiotic for bacterial conjunctivitis over the phone?

Can I get antibiotic for bacterial conjunctivitis over the phone?

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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What to do if I have bacterial conjunctivitis how serious is this infection?

What to do if I have bacterial conjunctivitis how serious is this infection?

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

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What is the difference between viral conjunctivitis and bacterial conjunctivitis?

What is the difference between viral conjunctivitis and bacterial conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis : Viral conjunctivitis often involves both eyes and does not improve with oral or topical antibiotics. Bacterial forms usually starts in one eye, is associated with thick colored eye discharge and is treated with antibacterial eye drops or ointments ...Read more

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What is better for bacterial conjunctivitis -- zylet or tobra with dexamethasone?

What is better for bacterial conjunctivitis -- zylet or tobra with dexamethasone?

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

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What should I do if I have bacterial conjunctivitis how serious is this infection?

What should I do if I have bacterial conjunctivitis how serious is this infection?

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

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In what way can bacterial conjunctivitis be spread other than through sexual contact?

In what way can bacterial conjunctivitis be spread other than through sexual contact?

Not sexual: Bacterial conjunctivitis is not spread by sexual means. It is spread by touch. The person with it touches his eye, then touches a grocery cart, you touch the grocery cart then your eye and you have it. ...Read more

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Please advise what is the difference between viral conjunctivitis and bacterial conjunctivitis?

Please advise what is the difference between viral conjunctivitis and bacterial conjunctivitis?

Bacterial: In general, bacterial conjunctivitis will present with purulent discharge that occurs at the lid margins and in the corner of the eye. The discharge is generally thick and yellow/green/white. ...Read more

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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?

EKC: You may want to check out the possibility that you have EKC (Epidemic Kerato conjunctivitis). This condition may result is very difficult management in the best of hands ...Read more

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Can rubbing eyes cause bacterial conjunctivitis?

Can rubbing eyes cause bacterial 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

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How can chlamydia cause bacterial conjunctivitis?

Chlamydia: Chalmydia trachomatis is a bacteria that causes conjunctivitis and is spread by direct or indirect (through objects like towels) contact with eye or respiratory secretions. The infection of the eye leads to inflammation of the conjunctiva, or conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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How does chlamydia cause bacterial conjunctivitis in babiess?

How does chlamydia cause bacterial conjunctivitis in babiess?

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

Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more