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Will doxycycline treat bacterial infections of the eye?

Will  doxycycline treat bacterial infections of the eye?

Eye infection: Yes. A synthetic broad-spectrum antibiotic derived from tetracycline. Doxycycline is used for many different types of infections. In the eye it is often used to treat chlamydial infections and lyme's disease. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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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Does doxycycline help treat bacterial infections of the eye?

Does doxycycline help treat bacterial infections of the eye?

Possibly: If the organism causing the infection is susceptible to doxycycline, then yes, it would help treatment. ...Read more

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Can you get an earache from a bacterial infection in your eye?

Can you get an earache from a bacterial infection in your eye?

Sort of: Eyes, ears, nose, sinuses and throat are connected. Usually if it is your eye and ear that are infected it is from one virus infection. You can get a bacterial infection in the sinus that spreads to the ears and eyes. This is seen more in children. They usually start with virus. (clear discharge) most eye infections are virus and can develop into bacterial. (thick yellow, green) wash your hands! ...Read more

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I got bacterial infection on my eye lid (just the skin) should I go see a dermatologist or ophthalmologist?

I got bacterial infection on my eye lid (just the skin) should I go see a dermatologist or ophthalmologist?

Ophthalmologist: Remember the lid is atop the eye. An infection that could threaten the eye is for the ophthalmologist to handle so why not go there in the first place. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm taking besivance (besifloxacin) for a conjunctivitis bacterial infection in my eye. can I drink alcohol?

What do you advise if I'm taking besivance (besifloxacin) for a conjunctivitis bacterial infection in my eye. can I drink alcohol?

Every time I get: this question, nobody ever says "can I have one drink, or drink a six pack." One or two occasional social drinks while being treated for an infection is unlikely to cause problems, but any larger amount or regular drinking is a bad idea. Alcohol impairs our immune function and ability to fight infections, and has drug interactions with a large number of meds, including some antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have a white dot on the edge of my iris since a week. I wear eye contacts. Is it bacterial infection? Is it dangerous? Eye gets red and irritated.

I have a white dot on the edge of my iris since a week. I wear eye contacts. Is it bacterial infection?   Is it dangerous? Eye gets red and irritated.

Eye irritaion: If the eyes gets irritated and red, something is bothering the eye. Stay away from the contacts for few days, if does not get better have it examined by your Ophthalmologist ...Read more

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My 4 year old got erythromycin ointment for bacterial infection in eye. Looks all cleared up...How long do I need to apply it for? Dr was vague...

My 4 year old got erythromycin ointment for bacterial infection in eye.  Looks all cleared up...How long do I need to apply it for?  Dr was vague...

How long to treat: Most pinkeye clears up fairly quickly. The ointment can shorten the time and reduce transmission to others. I usually recommend treating for 2 days after the redness and drainage is gone. ...Read more

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Can the eye doctor tell if you have a virus or a bacterial infection in your eyes?

Can the eye doctor tell if you have a virus or a bacterial infection in your eyes?

Ophthalmologist!: As an infectious diseases specialist, i refer patients to an ophthalmologist (not an optometrist!) since they have the medical knowledge to determine viral and bacterial infections of the eye, since it may require their expertise to sample the fluid within the eye (vitreous sampling) and to possible instill an anti-infective into the eye. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bacterial Infections (Definition)

Bacteria are tiny organisms that can only be seen with a microscope. When certain bacteria enter the body, they can cause infections that must ...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