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Doctor insights on: How Can A Senior With Mild Dementia Safely Use Ointment For Eye Infection

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How can a senior with mild dementia safely use ointment for eye infection?

How can a senior with mild dementia safely use ointment for eye infection?

With HELP: This an important area of concern; and will only get greater. Diminished capacity + powerful compounds is truly dangerous. The caregiver should be the acting adult. Maintain dignity of your patient by clear explanation to both, after both have been invited into the exam room. Neither leave the pt. Out nor be less than complete as you say & write necessary info. On your stationery (4 contact, etc). ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dementia (Definition)

Dementia is a brain disorder that seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. The most common form of dementia among older people is Alzheimer’s disease(AD), which initially involves the parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language. Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia are some ...Read more


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Could an eye infection cause dementia in the elderly?

Could an eye infection cause dementia in the elderly?

Unlikely: Eye infections are typically self contained and the majority will resolve on their own within 2 weeks. They will not cause dementia: however, dementia can predispose to eye infections secondary to poor blinking which fails to clear the tear film. ...Read more

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Is it possible for an eye infection to cause dementia in the elderly?

Is it possible for an eye infection to cause dementia in the elderly?

No, but...: An eye infection won't cause dementia, but if the infection causes a decrease in vision this may exacerbate the dementia since the patient isn't able to see as well. ...Read more

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Can just having an eye infection cause dementia symptoms in an elderly person?

Rarely: A very serious eye infection called endophthalmitis can cause severe pain and suffering in all patients; especially the elderly and especially if they only have 1 eye to see with. Any loss of the senses can cause decompensation in the elderly or suspectible patients. A regular mild eye infection would not cause dementia. Dementia is not an effect from an eye infection in general. Good luck... ...Read more

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Why did my 3 1/2 mo old breast fed babies poop smell different (almost a medicinal smell!) when on erythromycin eye ointment for eye infection?

Why did my 3 1/2 mo old breast fed babies poop smell different (almost a medicinal smell!) when on erythromycin eye ointment for eye infection?

Hard to say: This could be a situation where antibiotic somehow got on the baby's hand and made its way into the GI tract, OR, possibly something you are eating in your diet could be affecting the poop. The only thing that will prove what caused this is whether the funny poop smell is gone after the eye treatment is stopped for a week or so... ...Read more

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My one old month baby has eye infection on both eyes he's been in an ointment for a week and still has the eye infection. What could it be?

My one old month baby has eye infection on both eyes he's been in an ointment for a week and still has the eye infection. What could it be?

Tear ducts plugged: During an eye infection some of the debris can drain into the narrow channels that empty the tears into the nose.When they are plugged, you can have persistent crusting at that age. A followup visit with your doc may be the best way to assess the issue. ...Read more

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My one month old daughter has an eye infection, i have been applying eye ointment antibiotic for a month now and her eye hasn't healed?

My one month old daughter has an eye infection, i have been applying eye ointment antibiotic for a month now and her eye hasn't healed?

Here are some...: Hi! Stephen699, The one-month-old infant with "eye infection" despite being treated with topical antibiotic ointment as reported should be urgently followed and re-evaluated for possible misdiagnosis or ineffectiveness of treatment. To get her related health issues cared correctly can be done by following instructions described in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Balin
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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