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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Infection (Definition)

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


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How long does it take for an eye infection to heal totally?

How long does it take for an eye infection to heal totally?

It depends: Many eye infections are self limiting and clear up in 7-10 days. However there are infections that are deeply seated in the meibomian glands of the lid or are from chronic bacterial colonization of the skin. These can take months to clear up and can be very persistent.

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How long does it take to get rid of an eye infection?

How long does it take to get rid of an eye infection?

Depends: On the type of infection, the type of treatment, and whether you wear contact lenses or not. Average is a few days. If it has been a week or more, and you haven't gotten better, see your doctor, as you may have a resistant bacteria. Hope this helps!

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Last week I had an eye infection and this week I have strep. Are they related?

Last week I had an eye infection and this week I have strep. Are they related?

Sure it's strep?: Are you sure it was strep? If it was just a sore throat that was not confirmed as strep, then you may be having viral conjunctivitis from an adenovirus.

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I have an eye infection the last four weeks. It started on my right eye now it has spread to both eye but now my left eye is worse than my right eye.?

I have an eye infection the last four weeks. It started on my right eye now it has spread to both eye but now my left eye is worse than my right eye.?

? Viral infection: Your description sounds most like a severe viral infection but other etiologies are possible. See an eye doctor for further evaluation.

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How long is an eye infection contagious after starting antibiotic drops?

How long is an eye infection contagious after starting antibiotic drops?

Depends: If the infection is caused by bacteria, you might see improvement and decreased contagion in a day. If the eye infection is viral, the antibiotic drops won't change the status of contagion at all.

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How long will it take garamycin (gentamicin) ophtmalic drops for an eye infection?

How long will it take garamycin (gentamicin) ophtmalic drops for an eye infection?

Depends: If your eye is infected with a susceptible bacterium, then the response will be rapid and you should notice improvent in 2-4 days. If you have the far more common viral infection, then the garamycin (gentamicin) will be irrelevant and the virus will run its usual course of 3-10 days.

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How long will it take for garamycin (gentamicin) ophtmalic drops to clear up an eye infection?

A week or less: Garamycin (gentamicin) is not used much by ophthalmologists any longer for "pinkeye", or conjunctivitis. Nevertheless, it is a reasonable choice for straightforward bacterial conjunctivitis. If the signs of infection, i.e. Redness, tearing, discharge, matted eyelid, etc. Are not resolved within a week the affected person should see an ophthalmologist as a stronger medication may be required.

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Can an eye infection resolve on its own?

Maybe, maybe not: Some of what people label as pinkeye is irritant (dust) reaction, wind born allergies, or viruses that will self heal. Some of these may also become bacterial infections over time. At that point, antibiotic drop will be needed.

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Can I exercise while I have an eye infection?

Can I exercise while I have an eye infection?

What type of workout: Most eye infections are limited to the outside of the eye and in almost all cases, as long as you are being treated you can exercise. More importantly than whether you can exercise is the type and location of exercise. It is not a good idea to swim or share gym equipment if you have an infection, since you can transfer it to others. You should ask your eye doctor about your specific infection.

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How do you tell if you have an eye infection?

Several symptoms.: If you experience any of these symptoms: decrease/change in vision, pain, photophobia, redness, any discharge you may have an eye infection. Regardless you should have an ophthalmologist examine your eyes asap.

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Could someone catch an eye infection from a cat?

Could someone catch an eye infection from a cat?

Yes: Although infections from other non-primate animals are not common, they can occur. It is, however, much easier to catch an infection from other people.

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How clear an eye infection from contacts naturally?

How clear an eye infection from contacts naturally?

Not recommended: Eye infections from contact use can be very dangerous. Please see an eye doctor.

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How can I tell if I have an eye infection from contacts?

How can I tell if I have an eye infection from contacts?

The white spot: Usually the most common infection associated with contact lens use is the bacterial corneal ulcer. This looks like a small white spot on the corneal surface. This needs to be treated asap to prevent potential vision loss!

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What do you suggest if I think I may have an eye infection?

What do you suggest if I think I may have an eye infection?

A few things: First - if you are wearing contacts, remove them. If the vision is down, or there is pus or much pain, then see an ophthalmologist. Otherwise keep the eye clean, wash your hands so you don't spread it and seek help if it is still present after about 4 days.

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Woud you please discuss the conditions that need to exist for an eye infection?

Woud you please discuss the conditions that need to exist for an eye infection?

Depends: Eye infections have many causes and different treatments. To prevent eye infections, do not touch your eye, use safety glass protection and wear contact lenses as directed by your ophthalmologist. Good luck...

Dr. LINDA VARGAS
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