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How Can I Treat My 11 Month Old With Conjunctivitis
See her doctor: Conjunctivits in infants is not something to try treating on your own. Although some forms may not be infectious, those that are can cause serious damage if untreated. This should be evaluated by a general or pediatric eye doctor. ...Read more
Lid hygiene: I recommend lid hygiene for your baby. To do this, use cotton balls and baby shampoo, wipe the debris away from the eye and wash four times a day. Also use cold compresses for comfort four times a day. If there is a stye or hordeolum, use hot compresses to assist with drainage. If there is purulent drainage/crust then your baby can benefit from erythromycin ointment which is by prescription. ...Read more
My 4 month old baby has green slime coming out if both eyes is this conjunctivitis or what else could it be?
My son has allergy in eye for which he is recommended Fucidin eye drops. He doesn't have conjunctivitis. Are these drops safe for my 16 month old?
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
My 15 month old has recurring bronchiolitis (not severe), recurring conjunctivitis, a persistent cough & constant blocked nose or runny nose. Allergy?
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
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
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
Conjunctivitis: Conjunctivitis can either be caused by allergy, viruses or bacteria. Allergic causes can be relieved by oral or topical antihistamines. Viral causes are self limiting (meaning there is no specific treatment, contagious but resolve on their own). Bacterial causes are treatable only by prescription antibiotic drops. Careful handwashing and avoiding towel sharing can help reduce spread to others. ...Read more
Conjunctivitis: In a one year old it is important to differentiate a conjunctivitis from a blocked tear duct. If a child has tearing and recurrent discharge, particularly in one eye, and the eye is not red, he/she may have a blockage. If this is the case, the child should see a pediatric ophthalmologist. Bacterial conjunctivitis is effectively treated with antibiotic drops. ...Read more
SLK of Theodore: It is caused by mechanical trauma on the skin of the eye (conjunctiva) that right underneath the upper eyelid. Causes include thyroid disease, dry eye, and eyelid spasms. Treatment depends on cause but generally eye lubrication and large diameter contact lens at first. Correcting thyroid problems. Surgery is sometimes necessary to remove/cauterize the traumatized tissue. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Depends on the cause:
Conjunctivitis is an eye irritation that has many causes.
Irritants (sand, etc): eyewash or removal
allergens (pollens, etc): avoidance or moving away from the allergen
viral infections (except the herpes virus): time, good hygiene
bacterial infections (and herpes infections): antimicrobial eye drops
very important to seek the help of you doctor as untreated herpes infection can lead to blindness! ...Read more
Avoid the cause: The best way to treat any allergy is to identify the cause and avoid it. Somethings can't be avoided. That's where medication like mast cell-stabilizing eye drops and allergen immunotherapy (good old allergy shots) can make a huge difference. Start by consulting a board-certified allergist who can help you find the cause of your conjunctivitis. Try www. Aaaai. Org or www. Acaai. Org for help. ...Read more
It is possible: Depending on the origin of the condition, artificial tears, antibiotic eye drops and oral medications can be used to treat eye inflammation and infection. Ointments provide relief by lubricating the eye at the same time as medicating it. But they blur vision. Ask your doctor about other options such as those above. ...Read more
Get medical help: Conjunctivitis is an infection of the membrane that lines the white of the eye and the inside of the eyelid. This is commonly viral or bacterial. Antibiotic and / or anti-inflammatory eye drops can be used, once a diagnosis is made. It is usually very contagious. A corneal abrasion is a scratch of the cornea, which is clear. This is painful, and may require patching, antibiotics, and ointment. ...Read more
Ulcers can be very serious and cause vision loss. They often require hourly antibiotic drops for treatment, the best initial step is to see an ophthalmologist immediately if you are having eye pain or red eye. An ulcer may need to be cultured to make sure the antibiotic treatment is correct.
Any contact lens wear should be discontinued immedieately. ...Read more
Yes: Both can be used.Get a more detailed answer ›
Sometimes: Conjunctivitis can be bacterial, in which case it's contagious and needs to be treated with antibiotics. It can be viral, and then it's sometimes treated with medicines for inflammation. Viral conjunctivitis is contagious too. It can be allergic and treated with antihistamines, but allergic conjunctivitis is not contagious. ...Read more
What is the cause?: See an ophthalmologist to help you address the cause! ...Read more
Probably yes, but...: Bacterial conjunctivitis normally is treated with antibiotic eyedrops, doesn't usually need antibiotics by mouth. Also most conjunctivitis is viral, not bacterial, and will not respond to any antibiotic. If your doctor prescribed cephalexain (Keflex), take it as directed. If you are diagnosing and/or treating yourself, e.g. with leftover medication, don't do it; see your doctor first. Good luck. ...Read more
My 1 year old son now has conjunctivitis using drops but through the day and night what's good to clean his eyes with?
Warm washcloth: I would use a slightly warm (make sure it is not hot) washcloth to wipe his eye. This will help you remove the discharge and sooth the eyeball. ...Read more
4 mo old baby wakes up with green crusty d/c in eyelashes. Scleras are clear. Conjunctivitis maybe? Possible dx?
My 2 year old son has conjunctivitis and his temples at side of face is a bit puffy. Would that be caused by the same infection?
3yr old gunk in eyes. 17mth Brother had conjunctivitis. Dosage for drops different for 3yr old? Eyes seem worse after use on day 3. What to do?
See the doctor: If the eyes are not getting better after 3 days of treatment I would take him to the doctor. ...Read more
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