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How Can I Prevent Conjunctivitis
Pink eye: This is in adults almost always viral. No topical antibiotic ointment or drop will prevent it. It is caught, like the common cold, by exposure to material from someone who currently has the condition. Observing cleanliness on your part will help but you cannot avoid touching objects that may have the virus on it when placed there by another. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Conjunctivitis: Conjunctivitis is very common, usually caused by commonly found viruses or bacteria. The most important safeguards you can take are to avoid contact with anyone who has pink eye and to make sure you wash your hands thoroughly when you are concerned that you have touched something that is contaminated. Also, keep your hands off your eyes in case there are germs on your hands. ...Read more
Prevention?: The eye's normal response to anything that irritates it is to become red ;/or to tear ;/or to make more mucous. Trying to protect the ocular surface with glasses, sunglasses, broad brimmed hat, artificial teardrop applications, to blink more, to rest them when tired, to eliminate environmental irritants, and to use antihistamine drops when itchy may all help. But to prevent redness is not likely. ...Read more
Avoid sick people: Bronchiolitis is a wheezing/runny nose/congestion illness caused by a virus called rsv. It is contracted from another person who has RSV (usually young children but could be anyone). Most children especially babies get it from daycare or preschool... So avoiding those places is important. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
One theory...: There is a theory that near-sightedness is made worse by repeated accommodation, the process of bringing an image up close to see. The more one reads up close, the faster the near-sightedness develops. With this theory, one should hold all reading material at arms-length to minimize accommodation, and thereby, decrease the progression of near-sightedness. ...Read more
Remove obstruction: Mastitis occurs from a plugged duct, which is often due to anything that hampers milk flow, ie an obstruction. This may be from an ill fitting bra or lack of complete emptying of the breast during a feeding. Diets high in saturated fat and sodium also increase your risk of plugged ducts. So, allow your baby to nurse long enough to soften your breast, wear loose clothing and eat a healthy diet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
External ear infect.: External ear infections (or "swimmer's ear") is best avoided by keeping excessive moisture from accumulating in the ear-canal. People prone to external ear infections can use swimmer's ear drops after swimming or other immersion to help dry the ear canal and kill germs (such as fungus, yeast, or bacteria). Avoid putting anything else in the ear, including cotton-swabs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antihistamines: If you're particularly allergic to something, let's say a cat - and you know you'll be coming into contact with one tonight or tomorrow, you can premedicate with over the counter antihistamines like zyrtek, Claritin and allegra. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) works better but can also make you sleepy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Challenging task: The best approach to treating allergies is avoidance, medications and allergy injections. Avoidance measures may be impractical for seasonal pollens. Medications that are started before the allergy season is better than waiting for symptoms to occur. The best long term treatment is allergy shots from board certified allergist. This can provide long lasting relief even after injections are done. ...Read more
Blisters: There is some evidence that foot blister incidence can be reduced by closed cell neoprene insoles. Wearing foot socks composed of acrylic results in fewer foot blisters in runners. A thin polyester sock, combined with a thick wool or polypropylene sock that maintains its bulk when exposed to sweat and compression reduces blister incidence in marine recruits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acute of chronic?: Acute bronchitis is usually due to either a bacterial or viral infection. To prevent it, avoidance of infected people when possible as well as frequent hand washing is needed. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is typically due to smoking so avoidance of smoking and smoking cessation is needed to prevent it. ...Read more
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