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Does cephalexin help with an eye infection?

Does cephalexin help with an eye infection?

Not usually: It can be very helpful if the skin is involved around your eye (cellulitis), but the oral medication is not much use in most cases of pink eye or eye infections.

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Will cephalexin help cure an eye infection?

Will cephalexin help cure an eye infection?

Possibly: Typically antibiotic eye drops would be preferred as you can get a higher concentration of the drug directly at the site of infection, instead of the whole body when using oral antibiotics.

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Can I substitute cipro (ciprofloxacin) for keflex to treat an eye infection related to a stye?

Can I substitute cipro (ciprofloxacin) for keflex to treat an eye infection related to a stye?

Speak to your doctor: Keflex is an older antibiotic but is extremely effective (and liekly moreso than cipro) against the bacteria that tend to be involved in eyelid infections. It is advisable to stick with the medication that your doctor prescribes, rather than trying to save money by using a medication that you have left over from a previous infection.

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Can an eye infection resolve on its own?

Can an eye infection resolve on its own?

Maybe, maybe not: Some of what people label as pinkeye is irritant (dust) reaction, wind born allergies, or viruses that will self heal. Some of these may also become bacterial infections over time. At that point, antibiotic drop will be needed.

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Can I exercise while I have an eye infection?

Can I exercise while I have an eye infection?

What type of workout: Most eye infections are limited to the outside of the eye and in almost all cases, as long as you are being treated you can exercise. More importantly than whether you can exercise is the type and location of exercise. It is not a good idea to swim or share gym equipment if you have an infection, since you can transfer it to others. You should ask your eye doctor about your specific infection.

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How do you tell if you have an eye infection?

How do you tell if you have an eye infection?

Several symptoms.: If you experience any of these symptoms: decrease/change in vision, pain, photophobia, redness, any discharge you may have an eye infection. Regardless you should have an ophthalmologist examine your eyes asap.

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Could someone catch an eye infection from a cat?

Could someone catch an eye infection from a cat?

Yes: Although infections from other non-primate animals are not common, they can occur. It is, however, much easier to catch an infection from other people.

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How clear an eye infection from contacts naturally?

How clear an eye infection from contacts naturally?

Not recommended: Eye infections from contact use can be very dangerous. Please see an eye doctor.

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How can I tell if I have an eye infection from contacts?

The white spot: Usually the most common infection associated with contact lens use is the bacterial corneal ulcer. This looks like a small white spot on the corneal surface. This needs to be treated asap to prevent potential vision loss!

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What do you suggest if I think I may have an eye infection?

What do you suggest if I think I may have an eye infection?

A few things: First - if you are wearing contacts, remove them. If the vision is down, or there is pus or much pain, then see an ophthalmologist. Otherwise keep the eye clean, wash your hands so you don't spread it and seek help if it is still present after about 4 days.

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Woud you please discuss the conditions that need to exist for an eye infection?

Woud you please discuss the conditions that need to exist for an eye infection?

Depends: Eye infections have many causes and different treatments. To prevent eye infections, do not touch your eye, use safety glass protection and wear contact lenses as directed by your ophthalmologist. Good luck...

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Could an eye infection cause headache?

Could an eye infection cause headache?

Related: Most eye infections are due to viral illnesses called uri. These are colds. Calls can exacerbate sinusitis and sinusitis is a common cause of headaches. So it follows, that what appears to be in I infection causing a headache is all part of the same called or uri.

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If you have an eye infection, should you wear eyeliner?

If you have an eye infection, should you wear eyeliner?

No: It is best to defer using all eye makeup until the infection resolves and your eye doctor says it's ok.

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Should it be okay to wear contacts after an eye infection?

Should it be okay to wear contacts after an eye infection?

Depends: Only after your eye doctor says its ok. You can cause serious damage to your cornea wearing contacts with an eye infection. Good luck...

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What are the symptoms of an eye infection im wondering if my daughter has an eye infection

Eye infection: Symptoms include redness, irritation, pain, discharge, blurred vision, foreign body sensation, and others. See an eye doctor.

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How can I get rid of an eye infection?

Depends: Most actual eye infections are viral and while frequently very unpleasant are almost always self limited - keep it clean but antibiotics do not work. In adults, if the infection is bacterial then antibiotics can get rid of it. Less easy are infections caused by fungus and amoebas. These have to be seen by a corneal specialist as they can be very visually threatening.

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Is it safe to fly with an eye infection?

Yes, but!: Flying will not affect an eye infection. However, if you have bacterial pink eye, you are very contagious. If the infection is bacterial, it should be treated soon, as it can become troublesome. Please seek professional evaluation.

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What is best treatment for an eye infection?

What is best treatment for an eye infection?

Hygiene, antibiotics: Depends upon the type of organism. If bacterial there are effective antibiotics. If viral hygiene is most important. If herpes, there is a good antiviral. Your ophthalmologist can evaluate your eye and sort this out.

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