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How Do You Treat An Eye Infection
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
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
Variable: First and foremost, is the diagnosis correct. If the ear drum is bulging with pus behind it, it is probably viral or bacterial in origin and may need an appropriate antibiotic for 5-10 days at most. If there is just painless fluid in the middle ear space, watchful waiting for a period of no more than 2 months. If either the fluid remains longer or if the painful ear persists, surgical drainage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain, vision: Pink eye is the common term for viral infection of the eye. It may affect one eye but commonly affects both. The eye is red, has a clear discharge, may be a little swollen, sometimes is light sensitive and usually is irritated but not painful. Since it is infectious, others around you might also have the same thing or you may spread yours to them. If bacterial there is pain and decreased vision. ...Read more
Depends: There are many types of ear infection requiring different strategies. The main symptom is pain and therefore painkillers are usually given. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil are the usual ones used. If it is an external ear infection ( of the ear canal) then usually antibiotic ear drops in addition suffices. In middle ear infections oral antibiotics may be required. Best judge is the examining physician. ...Read more
Principles of: treatment of infection are adequate surgical drainage, systemic antibiotics, local care, and treatment of underlying conditions. A lot depends upon severity, location, and host factors such as general medical condition or specific diseases such as diabetes or cancer. Consult with a surgeon for specific advice. ...Read more
Depends: There are way too many causes of swollen eyes to list, therefore many different treatments. They are all treated differently. Do not diagnose yourself and chose random over the counter drops. That can be a recipe for disaster. See an ophthalmologist and they will take care of it properly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Facilitate drainage!: Getting the sinuses to drain is the first step.You can facilitate this by using Normal Saline sprays (simply saline) or a nettie pot. Steam helps, too. A decongestant or prescription nasal steroid may help to open the sinus passages, also facilitating drainage. Antibiotics have a role where these measures don't solve the problem - and it's common to see longer courses than with other infections. ...Read more
Comfort measures: Some viral ear infections self heal in 2-4 day. Bacterial infections tend to persist and may lead to real complications. Infants need an early eval.If older if not better after 3-4 days, an evaluation and treatment is advised.Prior to antibiotics, hearing loss due to chronic middle ear disease was not uncommon and a significant complication called mastoiditis requires surgical drainage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infected/inflammed: Red, hot, swollen and drainage (inflammation) are normal signs of healing and in fact, not bad but are integral to healing. If infected, the wound should not improve, the patient have fevers, chills, and other systemic signs of infection. Culture of the wound should never be with a swab on the surface but a simple tissue biopsy. Routine use of antibiotics is to be condemned due to the risks. ...Read more
Soothing eyedrops: I am guessing that you have what some term a cold in the eye or conjunctivitis. Usually this is a viral condition which is self limited. If the vision is fine, there is minimal pain, and no actual pus, then you can wait it out. Lubricating over the counter eyedrops will help keep it clean and comfortable. If it persists more than a week, see your ophthalmologist. ...Read more
For infected: piercing seek medical eval. High ear piercings through cartilage have ^ risk of infection & lack of healing because of minimal blood supply to auricular cartilage. You can develop a perichondral abscess as well auricular perichondritis. If you ear is hot, red, swollen or has increasing pain you need medical evaluation. ...Read more
Stye: An opthalmologist will drain the stye under local anesthesia. ...Read more
No treatment needed: If by eye cold you mean a viral infection of the eye called viral conjunctivitis.It does not require any treatment and is self limiting but if there is bacterial infection or severe conjunctivitis called by adeno virus or herpes zoster virus than you need treatment with antibiotics, viral or bacterial. ...Read more
Not with antibiotics: These infections are really common and not fun to deal with. It's best to rest, sleep with the head higher than the heart, use saline irrigations (such as sinus rinse or with neti pots) to clean the nasal passages 3-4x a day, and Ibuprofen for pain. A spray of oxymetazoline (afrin) in each nostril 2x a day for up to 5 doses is a way to get breathing quickly, but avoid more as it can be addicting. ...Read more
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