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Cure For Viral Conjunctivitis
No: Pataday is a topical antihistamine type eye drop for allergic conjunctivitis to treat allergy symptoms in the eyes. Viral infections usually require anti-inflammatories and/or anti-viral treatments although most are self limited. Pataday may make your eye feel better but would not be the usual recommended treatment for a viral infection. ...Read more
No: Steroids are used to treat inflammation, which is often a symtpom of viral infections, but by definition do not "cure" viral infections. Some anti-viral medications will help slow and shorten the progression of viral illnesses. Rest, plenty of fluids, and supportive measures go a long way to help fight off viral infections as well. Good luck. ...Read more
Pinkeye: Most pinkeye is due to viral infection. The 40 or so viruses which can cause this have a symptom cycle of 3 to 10 days of activity until recovery except for the several that cause corneal immune deposits which can last longer. Antibiotic eyedrops do not treat viral disease but merely prevent secondary bacterial invasion. They do not alter the time cycle of the viral infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does viral meningitis take longer to progress than bacterial meningitis? What's the treatment for viral?
Generally none: Fever due to infection may actually be beneficial as your body's way of fighting disease. Unless the fever makes you extremely uncomfortable or compromises your cardiovascular system because of underlying illnesses, leave it alone. There are very few viral illnesses for which we have effective treatment at this time. ...Read more
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