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How can I treat my 11 month old with conjunctivitis?

How can I treat my 11 month old with conjunctivitis?

Depends: It depends if its allergic, viral or bacterial. If its viral then its similar getting a cold it takes its course. Treatment will be cold compressors, and artificial tears. Hand heygiene is very important to avoid spread of it. If its bacterial it needs antibiotic treatment. It requires doctor visit. If its allergic it will be itchy and teary. It needs allergy drops and cold compressor. ...Read more

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

Conjunctivitis is 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 the tiny blood vessels in the conjunctiva to dilate, thus leading to a redness of the eye. Depending on the cause of the conjunctitis there can also be itching, irritation, and discharge ...Read more


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My 7 month old recently had URTI today I noticed pink left eye. Could this be viral conjunctivitis?there's no greenish nor yellowish discharge. what's the remedy?

My 7 month old recently had URTI today I noticed pink left eye. Could this be viral conjunctivitis?there's no greenish nor yellowish discharge. what's the remedy?

Possible: Pink eye without any yellow discharge most probably due to viral illness .This will resolve of it own in 3-4 days . If there is lot of watering or itching and swelling of eyelids then it may be due to allergy .Wait &watch for a day for any improvement ,otherwise consult your pediatrician . ...Read more

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My 15 month old has recurring bronchiolitis (not severe), recurring conjunctivitis, a persistent cough & constant blocked nose or runny nose. Allergy?

My 15 month old has recurring bronchiolitis (not severe), recurring conjunctivitis, a persistent cough & constant blocked nose or runny nose. Allergy?

Likely asthma: It is likely asthma especially if there is a history of allergic diseases in the family. I would suggest that you consult an allergist. ...Read more

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15 month old - persistent cough, past bronchiolitis, constant ear infections, runny or blocked nose & persistent conjunctivitis. Allergies????

15 month old - persistent cough, past bronchiolitis, constant ear infections, runny or blocked nose & persistent conjunctivitis.  Allergies????

To tease out all : these chronic symptoms requires a history of environmental factors like passive smoking, attendance at daycare, drinking from a bottle while supine, etc.; family history of asthma & allergies; past response to infections, etc.The most likely reason for the chronic cough is asthma, aka Reactive Airway Disease, that requires bronchodilators. Seek referral to a Pediatric Allergist/Immunologist. ...Read more

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My 4year old daughter has bacterial conjunctivitis, do I need to take her to see the doctor or can I buy over-the-counter medicines to treat it? Thanx

No OTC meds: The treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis, if that truly is the cause, will require prescription meds. Otc eve drops can often provide comfort to those with viral, irritant & allergic causes of conjunctival irritation, but they will not cure a true bacterial disease. Call in & see what the kids doc suggests. ...Read more

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Can terramycin eye ointment be used in infants less than 6 months of age for bacterial conjunctivitis?or chloramphenicol eye ointmt more suitable?

Can terramycin eye ointment be used in infants less than 6 months of age for bacterial conjunctivitis?or chloramphenicol eye ointmt more suitable?

Eye ointments: Most pediatricians will use a gentamycin or other mycin. Chloramphenicol has been removed from the market in the US since it is associated with serious blood dyscrasias and can be fatal. ...Read more

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How long do I need to treat conjunctivitis for?

How long do I need to treat conjunctivitis for?

Depends: If viral, it will usually last 2wks and will resolve. Bacterial conjunctivitis needs to be treated with antibiotics for 7-10 days depending on bug, sometimes longer. Allergic conjunctivitis can be seasonal and needs to be treat longer; same for vernal conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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