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Does Bacterial Conjunctivitis Usually Go Away On Its Own
Usually: Bacterial conjunctivitis goes away in a few days on it's own. In england, as a rule, they do not treat common conjunctivitis because it is difficult to distinguish bacterial from viral conjunctivitis & both almost always go away on their own. Their reasoning is that the cost of the preparations used for treatment outweighs the benefits. That said, treatment may hasten recovery & limit spread. ...Read more
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Sometimes difficult: Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis can be difficult to distinguish. Viral are more common, are usually bilateral, and typically come along with a cold or other respiratory infection. Bacteria can and do become secondary agents in viral conjunctivitis. Pure bacterial conjunctivitis are usually unilateral and are commonly associated with poor eyelid hygiene and overgrowth of skin organisms. ...Read more
Antibiotics: Bacterial conjunctivitis should be treated with topical antibiotic eye drops. Often treatment is empiric with a broad spectrum drop. If the conjunctivitis is not responding to treatment quickly then culture and sensitivity testing is indicated. Warm compresses may provide increased comfort and help with removal of dried exudate or discharge. ...Read more
Equivalent: These are combination drops with tobramycin, an effective antibiotic, combined with either Dexamethasone or Lotemax (loteprednol) - both effective topical anti-inflammatory steroids. Any condition for which one is useful, will be handled by the other. The makers of Lotemax (loteprednol) claim a lower incidence of pressure elevation, but these drops are for short term use and pressure is not likely to be a problem. ...Read more
Conjunctivitis: Relatively benign condition which usually responds within a week to 10 days with an eye drop. Should be examined by ophthalmologist to make sure that there is not an associated corneal problem like a keratitis or corneal ulceration. If an associated sore throat or swollen glands are present, that problem should also be addressed. ...Read more
Unlikely: The eyes are pretty terrific at fighting off potential invaders. Most conjunctivitis is due to viruses. Bacterial usually requires underlying breaks in the defense such as trauma, recent surgery and immunologic deficiency. Rubbing by itself will not cause bacterial infection. If your hands are somehow infected and there is a break in the defense it is possible. Avoid rubbing and wash hands. ...Read more
Contact: Babies in mothers exposed to chlamyia could get clamydia when passing through the vaina. Almost all hospitals in the us treat baby with an antiobitic ointment after they are born. Chlamyia infection is one of the leading causes of blindness in third world countries where antiotic use is limited. ...Read more
During birth infecti: If mother has chlymadia, duing birth baby can catch infection. ...Read more
M.D. visit/mgt: If you have been diagnosed with a bacterial illness, monitoring your temperature, staying hydrated and letting your physician know about persistent or worsening symptoms while on an antibiotic is advised. Certain viral infections may cause severe respiratory, throat and eye infections as well. These are typically not associated with a lot of discharge or mucus production from the lung. ...Read more
See below: Both present with redness, discharge, and irritation. Viral are more common and often come with other upper respiratory infections. Bacterial can occur from excess growth of skin bacteria and poor eyelid hygiene. Other common causes are chronic contact lens overwear, chronic allergic conjunctivitis, and swimming in contaminated waters. ...Read more
No: Bacterial conjunctivits cannot develop into allergic conjunctivits. However, both problems can exist simultaneously. It is possible to have the bacterial conjunctivitis resolve and the allergies continue. Also, if no culture was done of the stuff from your eye, it is possible that you never had a bacterial conjunctivits and that it was allergies all the time. ...Read more
Absolutely!: Allergic conjunctivitis is very common, especially now in spring. Itching, red, burning associated with pollen, animals, dust, mold. Responds to allergy eyedrops, antihistamine pills. Viral conj. (pinkeye) also common, very contagious. Bacterial eyedrops, often required by administrators for return to school for red eyed kids, do nothing for these; only the rare case of bacterial conjunctivitis. ...Read more
Clean and treat: If you are sure you have bacterial infection of the conjunctiva, then it seems that you have been to an ophthalmologist (not an optometrist) who has made this diagnosis and given you antibiotic eyedrops for treatment. If crusting and exudate (like pus) are the only reasons for visual drop, then you can keep the eyes clean with warm soaks applied every time the vision drops. ...Read more
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?
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
I am Suffering from Bacterial Conjunctivitis from the past 1 year, been using 2 meds called Milflox and Olopat KT, improvement is very slow, pls help.
See Ophthalmologist: Bacterial conjunctivitis should be cured within a week when appropriate antibiotic medication is administered. No improvement indicates that either the organism is resistant to moxifloxacin or another etiology exists. In the first case, culture and sensitivity is required to choose the antibiotic. ...Read more
Yes but becareful: Many things cause fevers and fewer things cause conjunctivitis. A viral infection causing the fever with secondary bacterial conjunctivitis is possible. These need to be examined with a high level of suspicion. Miss-diagnosis of conjunctivitis is common amongst the non-eye docs and the ensuing complications could be detrimental. Please see an eye doctor if you have this problem. ...Read more
Probably yes, but...: Bacterial conjunctivitis normally is treated with antibiotic eyedrops, doesn't usually need antibiotics by mouth. Also most conjunctivitis is viral, not bacterial, and will not respond to any antibiotic. If your doctor prescribed cephalexain (Keflex), take it as directed. If you are diagnosing and/or treating yourself, e.g. with leftover medication, don't do it; see your doctor first. Good luck. ...Read more
Antibiotic: Drops do the trick.Get a more detailed answer ›
Depends: The best antibiotic is the one that eliminates the pathogen responsible for the bacterial conjunctivitis. There are several to choose from. Often clues at the time of examination will allow the clinician to properly choose one, such as a culture. Fluroquinolones are generally the most popularly prescribed. ...Read more
Depends on your doc: It's taking a chance diagnosing over the phone. You could get it wrong and treat it improperly. If your doctor has seen you for this multiple times and your symptoms are exactly the same then they may consider it. ...Read more
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