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I had a bacterial eye infection that was treated by tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone). Was this a contagious infection?

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

Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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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How to diagnose a possible bacterial eye infection?

How to diagnose a possible bacterial eye infection?

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 more

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What is the incubation period of a viral and bacterial eye infection?

What is the incubation period of a viral and bacterial eye infection?

1-3 days usually: This depends of course on the virus or bacteria but usually not longer than 7 days. Most common cause of conjunctivitis is viral. ...Read more

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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

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

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How long is an eye infection contagious after starting antibiotic drops?

How long is an eye infection contagious after starting antibiotic drops?

Depends: If the infection is caused by bacteria, you might see improvement and decreased contagion in a day. If the eye infection is viral, the antibiotic drops won't change the status of contagion at all. ...Read more

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What should I do about potential eye infection? Is it contagious?

What should I do about potential eye infection? Is it contagious?

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

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Toddler eye infection, is it contagious?

Toddler eye infection, is it contagious?

Usually it is: Pink eye in toddlers most often is caused by adenoviruses and occasionally by bacteria. Both are contagious but with touch only. It is not air born. Toddler must have eyes examined. ...Read more

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Is any eye infection contagious? Especially for an infant?

Is any eye infection contagious? Especially for an infant?

Yes: conjunctivitis either bacterial or viral is contagious. You must be extremely careful with good handwashing techniques and antibacterial gels (purell). Pink eye is one of the few things that can infect the entire family, household contacts. ...Read more

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I have a viral eye infection.How long am I contagious?

I have a viral eye infection.How long am I contagious?

About 10 days: Most of the eye viruses have a contagious period of 10 days. ...Read more

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How long can viruses or bacteria from eye infection live on surfaces - porous ( stuffed animals)& nonporous ( door knobs)?

How long can viruses or bacteria from eye infection live on surfaces - porous ( stuffed animals)& nonporous ( door knobs)?

Surface cleaning: Not sure of any specific studies which would provide your answer. Would suggest you use soap and water and/or alcohol based cleaning solutions to clean the surfaces of contaminated areas. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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.

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

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I've got an eye infection in both eyes. Am using tobradex, (tobramycin and dexamethasone) but am i contagious?

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

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Is it possible to pass my eye infection onto my boyfriend?

Is it possible to pass my eye infection onto my boyfriend?

Yes: Particularly viral infections are very contagious (classic pink eye with the adeno virus for ekc), thus keye components: good hygiene, change towels, bedding, etc. ...Read more

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Can a really bad eye infection permanently damage your eye?

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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Is it possible to get eye infection if I blinked underwater in a pool?

No: Eyes can get irritated by chlorine. Also no contact lens wear in hot tubs, otherwise increased infection risk. ...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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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


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more