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Culture: If you really want to know the exact germ that caused the symptoms, you need to see your doctor who may perform a bacterial culture, if he/she agrees that that it will be beneficial.
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.
Named for a Rocket!: Apollo: Viral Conjunctivitis There was an epidemic that presented with discomfort, irritation, watering and redness of the eyes in West Africa and other parts of the globe, which coincided with the landing of the APOLLO 11 on the moon in 1969. This epidemic was caused by an adenovirus and epidemics have been recurrent since then. This is a self-limiting disease and very contagious.
Depends: There are a lot of different types of conjunctivitis. Viral conjunctivitis needs time. Allergic conjunctivitis can be treated with allergy drops. Bacterial conjunctivitis needs antibiotic drops. There are other reasons why your eye can be red that are more serious. Best to be checked by an eye md.See 2 more doctor answers
Conjunctivitis: Inflammation of the coonjunctival tissues that covers the whites of the eyes and under the lids, due to allergy, infection or toxic effect of medicines/ chemicals. Conjunctiva become swollen and red. Patients experience burning, blurred vision, tearing, redness, puffy eyelids, discharge, itching, pain depending on the cause.See 1 more doctor answer
Unknown: This was undoubtedly one of the earliest eye diseases to be recognized. There are ancient manuscripts describing various emolients and preparations of animal body organs and secretions as poultices to treat this condtiion. So the "discovery" is ancient. Reasonable treatments came about with the development of medical advances including eyedrops with antibiotics and anti-inflammatories.
Redness and Discharg: Conjunctivitis can be due to many causes: bacterial, viral, allergic, chemical, etc. The most common in probably bacterial and causes redness, mucus discharge and sometimes foreign body feeling or frank pain. Sometimes there is associated blurred vision from the mucus discharge. Bacterial conjunctivitis will frequently cause enlarge a painful lymph node just in front of the ear on that side.See 1 more doctor answer
See below: Infection/inflammation (bacterial/viral /allergic) of the eyelids (blepharo) & transparent membrane (conjunctiva) lining inner part of eyelids & the sclera (white of eye) [see image]. Bacterial may be treated with topical antibiotics or ab/steroid combo. Allergic treated with allergy meds. Viral usually resolves on own.See 1 more doctor answer
Pink eye: This is in adults almost always viral. No topical antibiotic ointment or drop will prevent it. It is caught, like the common cold, by exposure to material from someone who currently has the condition. Observing cleanliness on your part will help but you cannot avoid touching objects that may have the virus on it when placed there by another.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Conjunctivitis is often caused by a viral infection in your body, in which your eyes are generally secondarily involved. The viral syndrome often has associated aches and pains in joints and muscles, sore throat and invariably headaches. Often treatment involves rest, fluids, analgesics for pain and fever, and irrigation and cleansing the eye secretions. Sometimes the eyes require other treatments.