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Conjunctivitis In Infants
Infant of 9 months has conjunctivitis. Thick green paste at eye. Can I use eye drop xepanicol for her? She got c from me.
Never for kids: This med is never used for kids. Even eye drops of this medication have triggered bone marrow shut down and eventual death as a side effect. You need an eye med prescribed for the child by her physician, not some left over drug from your cabinet. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can terramycin eye ointment be used in infants less than 6 months of age for bacterial conjunctivitis? Or chloramphenicol eye ointmt more suitable?
Eye ointments: Most pediatricians will use a gentamycin or other mycin. Chloramphenicol has been removed from the market in the US since it is associated with serious blood dyscrasias and can be fatal. ...Read more
Is pink eye dangerous for toddlers and infants? Should I take my child to the doctor? I'm pretty sure my daughter has pink eye. She has yellow, gooey, and crusty discharge around her eye. I need to know if it will clear up on its own or should she go see
Predominantly viral: Your child's signs are most likely due to a viral infection. I advise a checkup with an ophthalmologist to reassure that it's not seriously affecting the eye in a way that may require antibiotics, as I'm a bacterial infection. Most viral conjunctivitis clears up on its own in 7-10 days with conservative treatment. Avoid contaminating yourself ; others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, if…: If the conjunctivitis is caused by an infectious agent like a virus or bacteria, it can be passed to someone else. Conjunctivitis is generally passed by direct contact with secretions just like a cold, so good handwashing and separation of washcloths and the like is the best way to prevent spread. Older children and adults are often immune to some of the viruses that cause conjunctivitis. ...Read more
Lid hygiene: I recommend lid hygiene for your baby. To do this, use cotton balls and baby shampoo, wipe the debris away from the eye and wash four times a day. Also use cold compresses for comfort four times a day. If there is a stye or hordeolum, use hot compresses to assist with drainage. If there is purulent drainage/crust then your baby can benefit from erythromycin ointment which is by prescription. ...Read more
4 mo old baby wakes up with green crusty d/c in eyelashes. Scleras are clear. Conjunctivitis maybe? Possible dx?
Having my baby in the 24 hours. Me and my 2 daughters all have bacterial conjunctivitis. Antibiots is taking time. Will baby be ok if she get it?
Prevention: Teach kids to wash their hands often with warm water and soap. They also should not share tissues, washcloths, towels, or pillowcases with other people. Wash your own hands thoroughly after touching an infected child's eyes, and throw away items after they've been used to clean eyes. Wash towels and other linens that the child has used in hot water ...Read more
My 4 month old baby has green slime coming out if both eyes is this conjunctivitis or what else could it be?
How long can erythromicyin eye ointment be used in 4 mo old baby with conjunctivitis? Dr said 3x day for 5 days but it came back 2 days after tx done
May be tear duct: If drainage has been persistent since birth this may be a blocked tear duct problem. It's ok to continue out the emycin (erythromycin) for another week. If no better re exam by his physician and definitive diagnosis! Intermittent drainage of a blocked duct may come and go for up to a year! If not self resolved within a year, will refer to ophthalmology for surgical treatment! ...Read more
If baby transferred viral conjunctivitis to the mother can the mother transfer it back to the baby? Or will the baby now have the antibodies for that
Several issues: Conjunctivitis=inflammation of the conjunctiva irritant : dust, hair spray, mascara, chemicals germ: bacterial, chlamydia, viral allergy: air born pollen conjunctivitis is a unifying label for many things that cause inflammation but most use the term for the germ causes. Exam by your doc is a simple way to define the cause more accurately. ...Read more
Yes: Since a preponderance of conjunctivitis is viral, this form is very contagious and is spread by contact with the ocular secretions. Expect about 7-10 days of complete recovery. Best to avoid spreading by using meticulous hygiene around your eyes and avoid touching your other eye or passing on to others. You may try artificial tears, ocular decongestants (naphcon a), stay hydrated ; get plenty rest. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the cause: Conjunctivitis is an eye irritation that has many causes. Irritants (sand, etc): eyewash or removal allergens (pollens, etc): avoidance or moving away from the allergen viral infections (except the herpes virus): time, good hygiene bacterial infections (and herpes infections): antimicrobial eye drops very important to seek the help of you doctor as untreated herpes infection can lead to blindness! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Discharge from eyes: Discharge may be the telltale sign of conjunctivitis. Bacterial conjunctivitis usually has mucoid discharge while viral conjunctivitis has watery discharge however one or the other can be alone or altogether depending on the duration and severity of the infection. Conjunctivitis can also be from non-infectious causes such as allergic and exposure which can also result in discharge. ...Read more
Depends: The famous "pink eye". Conjunctivitis can be due to allergies, virus, bacteria, chemical, foreign objects, lashes, dust, splinters, trauma to the eye etc. Of course, it is contagious if cause is virus or bacteria. Need immediate treatment and good handwashing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer