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How Come Every Time I Get Sick I Get An Eye Infection
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
Could be herpes: Herpes can cause ocular, or eye symptoms. As herpes outbreaks can occur during times of illness, it is possible that you are having recurrent ocular herpes outbreaks. You definitely need to be seen by your doctor during one of these episodes to obtain a proper diagnosis. Untreated ocular herpes can lead to worse illnesses in the eye such as keratoconjunctivis. There are medications available! ...Read more
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
Yes: Major studies have shown that sleeping with your contacts in increases the risk of a contact lens related eye infection. ...Read more
Yes: Hot tubs require a lot of care. If they are not cleaned, and the water "shocked", bacteria and other organisms can grow. The conjunctiva is a mucous membrane, and can easily become infected. I caution all patients with recent eye surgery to avoid hot tubs. In addition contact lens wearers must remove their lenses prior to swimming or hot tub use. ...Read more
How could I get an eye infection 2 weeks after being in contact with someone with an eye infection?
Coincidence?: It may be that you simply contracted your own eye infection with a different virus, independent of your interaction with the person 2 weeks ago. But also sometimes different viruses have long "incubation periods" and it may take some time for the virus to cause you symptoms after you acquire it. ...Read more
Acanthamoeba: Hot tubs and fresh water pools and lakes also harbor a weird bug called acanthamoeba that can cause severe corneal ulcers especially in contact lens wearers. ...Read more
Can you get an eye infection from sleeping with eye makeup? Any home cures? I don't have insurance.
Irritant rxn: Unless the material you are using is contaminated by germs, it is unlikely any eye infection is related. Many do get small bits of eyeliner or other makeup into the sensitive spaces around the eye (folds of the conjunctiva) this can cause swelling & redness that is irritant based rather than infective. Generous use of eye wash or artificial tears can remove the debris & help the irritation fade. ...Read more
How come eye infection caused my eye to go smaller and how can I get it back to normal cos its been small for over a week and my eye is still abit red?
It's not: It's not really smaller. It's just that your eyelid is closed more because of the irritation causing it to look smaller. As the infection clears, it should return to normal. See your eye doctor if it isn't getting better. ...Read more
No: Eyes can get irritated by chlorine. Also no contact lens wear in hot tubs, otherwise increased infection risk. ...Read more
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Eye infection. How easy can u get from partner? Have to be close contact or can get without close contact
Contact: Most likely would have to be due to direct contact or direct contact with something partner was in direct contact with. Both of you wash hands frequently! ...Read more
Time: Depending on the etiology of the eye infection, it just may be time you need. Viral infections must run their course and this could last 2-4 weeks. Unfortunately there are no specific medications for viral eye infections. Bacterial eye infections should be evaluated by a health care provider for topical antibiotics. ...Read more
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
Depends: Most actual eye infections are viral and while frequently very unpleasant are almost always self limited - keep it clean but antibiotics do not work. In adults, if the infection is bacterial then antibiotics can get rid of it. Less easy are infections caused by fungus and amoebas .These have to be seen by a corneal specialist as they can be very visually threatening. ...Read more
Wait: Most pink eye will resolve without treatment in 5-7 days. ...Read more
See ophthalmologist: Pharmacists can do many terrific things. But they are not trained eye doctors. If you are concerned about an eye infection, have it evaluated by a ophthalmologist or at least an emergency room physician. It is important to protect your eyes. ...Read more
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