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Can Acyclovir Cure Viral Conjunctivitis
Viral conjunctivitis: Pinkeye (conjunctivitis) is redness & swelling of the conjunctiva. People may be concerned if they see you at work because it can be contagious.
Pus and edema: Bacterial conjunctivitis is not common in adults but occurs in children more often. I usually will have much more swelling, pus in the cul de sac, and much crusting and debris. Viral conjunctivitis is often bilateral, makes the eyes red all over, and has a clear to yellowish secretion but not pus (which is cloudy white). Your ophthalmologist can make this distinction and given you the best rx.
None: It is viral and will resolve on its own.See 1 more doctor answer
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Can Pataday reduce viral conjunctivitis symptoms (ithching) and at least make you more comfortable while you body recovers from the infection?
Payday: Pataday is only for allergic conjunctivitis.The best thing is to use any lubricant drop.
Time: Viral conjunctivitis, like a viral respiratory infection runs its course over a 10-14 day period of time. Medications taken durning a viral illness, be it in the eye or other or system are supportive only. They protect from bacterial superinfections and treat the symptoms of the viral infection.
Yes: Contact lenses and eye infections are dangerous combination. If your eyes are red and irritated, DO NOT WEAR CONTACTS, and see your eye doctor.
Paracetamol: If you are in pain, you can take paracetamol but not for viral conjunctivitis alone.
It may not be: Possible for you to distinguish between the two.
Physical exam: Bacterial and viral infections have very different finding on examination.
A Ophthalmologists diagnosed viral conjunctivitis steroids were given.5 wks later my vision is still blurry but improving very slowly, is this normal?
Atypical but possibl: Vital keratoconjunctivitis can take many weeks to resolve, depending on the type of virus. It's important to be followed carefully & tapered gradually with the topical steroid drops. Blurry vision still may take awhile to recover, & infrequently sub-epithelial corneal scars can remain and, if centrally located, can affect visual acuity. An update refraction needed to assess your best vision
Conjunctivitis: Being exposed to someone with conjunctivitis does not necessarily imply that you will catch the infection. Having said that, after being exposed, do not touch that person or allow that person to touch you. Stay some distance from him/her just in case s/he sneezes or coughs on you. If that happens, take a shower and if not, at least wash your hands and face.
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