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Dr. LINDA VARGAS
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Eye Infections (Overview)

Eye infection = disease state of eye caused by a pathogen.


Dr. Tony Ho Dr. Ho
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How long do eye infections last?

Dr. Tony Ho Dr. Ho
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How long do eye infections last?

Depends: It depends on the nature of the infection. A mild viral conjunctivitis will be self-limited and resolve in about a week; a serious bacterial infection may never go away by itself, causing irreparable damage. If you are concerned, you should see a doctor. ...Read more

Dr. LINDA VARGAS
276 Doctors shared insights

Eye Infections (Overview)

Eye infection = disease state of eye caused by a pathogen.


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What are symptoms of eye infections?

What are symptoms of eye infections?

Redness: Infections cause inflammation. When the eye is inflammed you can expect redness and tearing. Depending on the type on infection you can also experience pain, discharge, decreased vision and sensitivity to light. You should see an eye doctor if you have any of these symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Harold Peltan Dr. Peltan
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Eye infections (Tip)

Don't touch your eye then touch other objects. That is how pink eye spreads. ...See more

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover your eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels separately with hot water
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Is yellow eyes a sign of eye infection?

Is yellow eyes a sign of eye infection?

Liver disease: Yellow eyes or jaundice can be a sign of liver disease. See your family doc right away. ...Read more

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Are there tests to confirm the doctor's diagnosis of eye socket infection?

Are there tests to confirm the doctor's diagnosis of eye socket infection?

X-ray, CT scan: Eye socket infection is also called orbital cellulitis. It can be caused either by infection of the eyelids or sinus tracking back into the socket. It can be diagnosed on the basis of decreased movement of the eye, pain that is worse with movement, swelling of the lids and upper face, discharge and history of lid or sinus infection. X-ray and ct scan can pick it up quite well. This is an emergency. ...Read more

Dr. Harold Peltan Dr. Peltan
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Eye infections (Tip)

Eye drop medicine Clears away the yellow goo Pink eye will be gone. ...See more

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Treating Eye Injuries (Checklist)

Seek immediate medical attention
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If it's a chemical exposure, rinse your eye with water for 15 minutes
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Do not rub your eye
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My doctor diagnosed me with an eye infection. Just checking - what's the best treatment.?

My doctor diagnosed me with an eye infection. Just checking - what's the best treatment.?

Eye infection: There are lots and lots of causes of eye infections, including viruses and bacteria as well as fungi. Your eye doctor can tell you which it is. ...Read more

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Treating a Lazy Eye (Checklist)

Wear glasses to protect your lazy eye
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Get an annual eye exam
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If your condition is severe, use low vision aids
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Can contacs cause bad eye infections with lil white spot on colored part of eyeball inside?

Can contacs cause bad eye infections with lil white spot on colored part of eyeball inside?

Corneal ulcer: A corneal ulcer is a not uncommon complication of contact lens use. It is usually due to a bacterial infection and can appear as a white spot that is on the cornea in front oif the colored part of the eye (iris). This is a treatable emergency and you shoulod see an eyemd immediately. In sme cases it can lead to blinding complications due to scarring of the cornea or expansion of the infection. ...Read more

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When I wake up sometimes, my eyes are shut closed. Does this mean that I have eye infection?

Dry eyes: If your lids are crusted over, it may signify an infection. It may also indicate an allergy (both conditions increase production of mucus which dries out and makes opening the eyes difficult after a night's sleep). As well, people with significant dry eyes can have their lids stick to their corneas overnight, making it difficult to open them upon awakening. See your eye doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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Treating Pink Eye (Checklist)

Wash your hands frequently
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See your doctor to determine if your pink eye is allergic, viral, or bacterial
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Do not use someone else's eye drops
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How can I treat eye infections?

How can I treat eye infections?

DON"T: You need to see an ophthalmologist. Some eye infections can cause irreversible blindness if left untreated or even be an indication of more serious problems not only in the eyes but in the body. ...Read more

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Managing Eye Twitching (Checklist)

Reduce caffeine intake
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Reduce alcohol intake
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What is a good treatment for eye infections?

What is a good treatment for eye infections?

Depends on the cause: Eye infections are generaly caused by virus, bacteria or allergic reactions.
Viral infections generally have to run there coarse, much like a cold before it gets better. There are anti-viral drugs that may be indicated especially if it is a herpes infection with corneal involvement. Theses usually are painful with light sensitivity and decreased vision. These need to treated by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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If I wear contacts, how can I cure my eye infections?

Antibiotics: Antibiotics should clear up an eye infection. Because of the risk of scratching the cornea and introducing organisms that would infect the cornea, the contacts should be left out until the infection is gone. Then new lenses should be used to prevent reinfection. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask your doctor about TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint), as it could cause ear pain
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Look for ear pain or ear drainage, as they are both signs of infection
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See a doctor if you think you have an ear infection
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Lids has yellow crust every morning. How do I get rid of eye infection? Have some old steroid medicine

Crusting of lash/lid: Chronic eyelid crusting usually caused by a type of deep seated infection of the lids oil glands or lash follicles. Warm compresses for ten minutes folowed by scrubbing the lashes and lid margin can help rid some forms of ofending agents and lessen the use of topically applied antibiotics. Steroids without antibiotics might do more harm than good. See eye doctor if you are uncertain. ...Read more

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What should I do to prevent eye infections from make up?

What should I do to prevent eye infections from make up?

Rare cause: Eye makeup is not a common point of transfer for infections. You should replace your makeup frequently and not borrow from anyone else. Since most infections are viral, and if you get one that is viral, then you become immune to that particular virus. ...Read more

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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call your doctor if you have a fever or back pain
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated and to help flush the infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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What can I do to avoid eye infections from contacts?

What can I do to avoid eye infections from contacts?

Proper care: Take care of the lenses as instructed by your eye doctor. Don't wear them longer than what the lens is designed for. Store them properly. Don't share the lenses or storage case. Always wash your hands before you put in or take out your contacts. ...Read more

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How can I treat eye infections?

DON"T: You need to see an ophthalmologist. Some eye infections can cause irreversible blindness if left untreated or even be an indication of more serious problems not only in the eyes but in the body. ...Read more

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food, such as caffeine, citrus, alcohol, and spicy foods
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Take an over-the-counter urinary analgesic for pain and to soothe the bladder
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Dr. Tony Ho Dr. Ho
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How long do eye infections last?

Dr. Tony Ho Dr. Ho
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Depends: It depends on the nature of the infection. A mild viral conjunctivitis will be self-limited and resolve in about a week; a serious bacterial infection may never go away by itself, causing irreparable damage. If you are concerned, you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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What do eye infections look like?

Depends: Most eye infections are on the surface causing redness, swelling, irritation, discharge and some degree of visual blur.
If the infection is internal, the pain can be very intense, the vision markedly diminished and substantial lowering of the vision. An ophthalmologist should be consulted if you have any of these issues. ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics, as clostridium difficile infection is a common complication
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Stay out of hospitals as much as possible
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Moonyoung Chung
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Eye Inflammation (Definition)

Irritation affecting the eyes. Blepharitis = eyelid inflammation. Uveitis = inflammation of uvea. Iritis = ...Read more