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Bacterial Eye Infection Contagious
I had a bacterial eye infection that was treated by tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone). Was this a contagious infection?
Possibly yes.: It is possible that it could have been contagious, but since it is resolved this should not be am issue unless it returns. ...Read more
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
Go see your doctor: I assume you're referring to a red/pink eye w/goopy discharge that's stuck together. Your family doc & optometrist can take care of that for you. Check out http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/pink-eye/ds00258/dsection=tests-and-diagnosis for more info. However, an infection of the globe (eyeball) itself needs to be under care of ophthalmologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: With proper hygiene if it is a mild infection. ...Read more
MINOR Bacterial Conjunctivitis re Sinus infection. Tobramycin & Keflex 2 1/2 days. Eye's all clear, no gunk. Still contagious? Want to use new makeup
OK if eye is clear.: It is a good idea to use all new make up products that are close to your eye, as they may have been the source of infection, or were contaminated when you developed an infection. For bacterial illness, 36-48 hours on Meds is a good guideline for reduction in contagion. ...Read more
Potential?: Do you actually have an eye infection? If so, and there is no history of trauma or surgery, then you likely have a viral infection (pink eye) which is contagious. Viral infections, except H. simplex (herpes), have no specific known antiviral medication, so what you should do is wait it out and wash your hands before doing anything else after manipulating your eye. ...Read more
How long can viruses or bacteria from eye infection live on surfaces - porous ( stuffed animals)& nonporous ( door knobs)?
Its been 3 days that I have a serious eye infection caused by a bacteria. I cannot see(patch infront of my pupil) will i recover my vision? Go blind?
Sounds serious: Patching is not a standard way to treat eye bacterial infection. You should be using topical antibiotic frequently and it should be broad spectrum. Are you seeing an ophthalmologist? This should be evaluated as soon as possible to make a better diagnosis and get proper treatment.Don't delay. ...Read more
Eye infection not cleared up after tx with tobramycin for 7days,3X/ day. Does this mean it's viral not bacterial. I have no allergies.
Treatment failure: Symptoms of an illness that will respond to a particular antibiotic usually start to improve within 3-4 days if the appropriate antibiotic was prescribed, and they were taken as directed. Relapse or persistence of symptoms is generally regarded as a treatment failure or inaccuracy of the original diagnosis (i.e. viral not bacterial). ...Read more
I've got an eye infection in both eyes. Am using tobradex, (tobramycin and dexamethasone) but am i contagious?
Good treatment: Tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) can be helpful although most bilateral eye infections are viral and that would not be affected by tobramicin. You are contagious as long as the eye is red or getting redder. When the redness starts to fade, then you are no longer shedding virus and infectivity then ends. ...Read more
I'm seeing a dr, I have antibiotics for a serious bacterial eye infection. I can't see through my eye because of corneal damage. Will vision clear up?
Possibly: A really bad surface infection, if neglected, can cause permanent scarring and a few organisms can bore through the outer wall and infect the interior of the eye. These conditions will generally permanently damage the eye and permanently lower the vision. Always see your ophthalmologist for treatment. ...Read more
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