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Does bacterial conjunctivitis usually go away on its own?

Does bacterial conjunctivitis usually go away on its own?

It can: If your immune system wins, but antibiotic eye drops will certainly reduce the course and symptoms much more quickly. ...Read more

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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the thin mucous membrane that lines the front surface of the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids. As the inflammation increases, it causes tiny blood vessels to dilate, thus leading to a ...Read more


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Does bacterial conjunctivitis ever go away on its own?

Does bacterial conjunctivitis ever go away on its own?

Chlamydial Sx: Chlamydia does not go away on its own. Other less common bacterial conjuctivitis definitely needs rx. ...Read more

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Does bacterial conjunctivitis go on its own?

Does bacterial conjunctivitis go 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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Bacterial conjunctivitis cure?

Bacterial conjunctivitis cure?

A few things: Your own immune system, flushing the eye with eye saline and antibiotics. ...Read more

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How soon does bacterial conjunctivitis shown up?

How soon does bacterial conjunctivitis shown up?

1-3 days: Bacterial conjunctivitis will usually show up in 1 to 3 days. Redness, discharge, crusting especially in morning, and itching are symptoms. ...Read more

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How long before bacterial conjunctivitis clears up?

Within a few days: Most of bacterial conjunctivitis are cleared up within a few days with proper antibiotic eye drops. ...Read more

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Which is more common: viral or bacterial conjunctivitis?

Which is more common: viral or bacterial conjunctivitis?

Viral: Is easily the most common and that is why antibiotics are rarely necessary for conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have a viral or bacterial conjunctivitis?

How can I know if I have a viral or bacterial conjunctivitis?

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

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Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes bacterial conjunctivitis?

Many things: Injury, hygiene, surface bacteria on the skin, extremely contagious bacteria and sexually transmitted diseases. ...Read more

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What to do if I have bacterial conjunctivitis how serious is this infection?

What to do if I have bacterial conjunctivitis how serious is this infection?

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

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What is better for bacterial conjunctivitis -- zylet or tobra with dexamethasone?

What is better for bacterial conjunctivitis -- zylet or tobra with dexamethasone?

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

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What should I do if I have bacterial conjunctivitis how serious is this infection?

What should I do if I have bacterial conjunctivitis how serious is this infection?

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

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Can rubbing eyes cause bacterial conjunctivitis?

Can rubbing eyes cause bacterial conjunctivitis?

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

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How can chlamydia cause bacterial conjunctivitis?

Chlamydia: Chalmydia trachomatis is a bacteria that causes conjunctivitis and is spread by direct or indirect (through objects like towels) contact with eye or respiratory secretions. The infection of the eye leads to inflammation of the conjunctiva, or conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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How does chlamydia cause bacterial conjunctivitis in babiess?

How does chlamydia cause bacterial conjunctivitis in babiess?

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

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How does chlamydia cause bacterial conjunctivitis in babies?

How does chlamydia cause bacterial conjunctivitis in babies?

During birth infecti: If mother has chlymadia, duing birth baby can catch infection. ...Read more

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Bacterial conjunctivitis from throat infection, what to do?

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

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