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What is the definition or description of: Newborn eye infection?

What is the definition or description of: Newborn eye infection?

Redness or discharge: In the eyes of a newborn. Can be viral or bacterial. Historically we have used erythromycin eye ointment to prevent infection from chlamydia or gonorrhea. Other common bacterial infections are also prevented with this treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
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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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It seems my newborn has an eye infection and I'm worried its going to get worse, what can I put on it in the meantime so I can take her to the dr?

It seems my newborn has an eye infection and I'm worried its going to get worse, what can I put on it in the meantime so I can take her to the dr?

No go to doctor: Most eye infection in children are viral. There is no treatment for this. With that said, newborns are more separable to bacterial infection. These are serious and can cause significant eye problems. Other causes of apparent "eye infection" can be up blocked tear duct. Your newborn must be examined promptly. ...Read more

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Eye infection & possible yeast on newborn, what to do?

Eye infection & possible yeast on newborn, what to do?

Newborn infections: Can progress very rapidly and be very dangerous. Any symptom of infection, especially rectal temperature of 100.4 or higher, requires emergent evaluation by your pediatrician or urgent care facility. Fungal diaper rashes and thrush are common in newborns, are not life threatening, but do require treatment with topical and/or oral antifungal medications. ...Read more

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How to treat my eye infection & possible yeast on newborn?

How to treat my eye infection & possible yeast on newborn?

See your doctor: If you are concerned that your baby has a yeast infection or an eye infection, you should see your doctor. They can more properly evaluate your baby and prescribe appropriate medications. Infections in this age can be serious, and so should be checked out by a professional. ...Read more

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What to do if I have eye infection & possible yeast on newborn?

See pediatrician: If the eyes of your newborn are red and have discharge or possible yeast, this will need treatment. You should take your infant to your pediatrician and have this diagnosed and treated if it needs it. ...Read more

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Is it possible to pass my eye infection onto my boyfriend?

Yes: Particularly viral infections are very contagious (classic pink eye with the adeno virus for ekc), thus keye components: good hygiene, change towels, bedding, etc. ...Read more

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Can a really bad eye infection permanently damage your eye?

Can a really bad eye infection permanently damage your eye?

Possibly: A really bad surface infection, if neglected, can cause permanent scarring and a few organisms can bore through the outer wall and infect the interior of the eye. These conditions will generally permanently damage the eye and permanently lower the vision. Always see your ophthalmologist for treatment. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get eye infection if I blinked underwater in a pool?

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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Can I swim after an eye infection?

Can I swim after an eye infection?

Yes: Once you have recovered completely give yourself a few weeks and with the clearance of your ophthalmologist, you may resume your normal activities. You may feel more comfortable wearing goggles while swimming. ...Read more

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Is a chalazion a type of eye infection?

Is a chalazion a type of eye infection?

No: A chalazion is from an oil gland being clogged ("stye") for a long period of time. It forms granulated tissue ("ball of scar tissue"). It is not an infection. ...Read more

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Can I use peroxide for an eye infection?

Can I use peroxide for an eye infection?

Absolutely not!: No! Peroxide will cause severe and painful burning of the cornea, and will be only mildly annoying to the bacteria. Do not use it in your eye! ...Read more

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Can you get an eye infection from hot tubs?

Can you get an eye infection from hot tubs?

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

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What can I do for an eye infection at home?

What can I do for an eye infection at home?

Infection: I would not recommend treating an eye infection at home. Without determining whether it is viral versus bacterial you could be doing more harm than good. ...Read more

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Headache behind my eye after eye infection?

Headache behind my eye after eye infection?

Various possib.: May be unrelated or a headache variant but if not improving in short order, should be seen by an ophthalmologist and/or primary doctor. Other risks include sinus disease or infection or possibly an extension of the original infection process. ...Read more

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What to do if my eye infection keeps coming back?

What to do if my eye infection keeps coming back?

Remove the offending: Agent. If you're female, and use makeup, the most common source of bacterial infection is mascara. So you must make sure to remove all your eye make up each night, and throw away your mascara after three months, no matter how expensive it is. If it's from contact lens wear, you need to not keep them in overnight while you're wearing mascara, as the particles can get under the lens. Watch what goes into your eye, or touches it. ...Read more

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Do I have pinkeye or a different eye infection or problem?

Do I have pinkeye or a different eye infection or problem?

Pinkeye: "pinkeye" is a lay term used to describe any bacterial eye infection that causes the classic pink coloration of the whites of the eye. ...Read more

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Is it serious if an inflammatory eye infection lasts for weeks?

Is it serious if an inflammatory eye infection lasts for weeks?

It can: Inflammatory eye conditions can last weeks to months but in that time period they can cause blindness. An eye exam is recommended. ...Read more

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If you get an eye infection can it permanently damage your vison?

Rarely: Typically, only severe corneal eye ulcers will effect the vision permanently. ...Read more

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I have had an eye infection for over than a month. What should I do?

I have had an eye infection for over than a month. What should I do?

See your PCP: Persisting eye issues may need an alternate treatment or referral on to an eye specialist for more specific testing & treatment. ...Read more

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How to treat a Dry eye infection?

How to treat a Dry eye infection?

Dry eye, infection: Patients with dry eyes are more likely to get eye discharge and an eye infection. Use warm compresses and diluted tea tree oil (Cliradex wipes are best to start with to see how dilute to make them); use nonpreserved artifical tears 4-6x/day. If not better naturally in 2 days or if infeciton severe, call to get Rx for antibiotic:see"lid hygiene" or "multi-tiered approach" on [email protected] Com ...Read more

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Does an eye infection cause headache?

Does an eye infection cause headache?

Could: Pain around eyes can lead to a headache because of referred pain. Hard to localize where pain is coming from around the eye, can be from ear, tooth, sinus, head, etc. ...Read more

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How do you get over an eye infection?

How do you get over 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

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How to treat my eye infection keeps coming back?

See ophthalmologist: You need an evaluation if you are having recurrent infections. See an ophthalmologist for this. ...Read more

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Is it possible for an eye infection to thin the cornea?

Is it possible for an eye infection to thin the cornea?

Yes: If the infection is in the cornea, it can result in thinning, which can ultimately affect your vision. This can be serious and needs to be seen by an ophthalmologist asap. If the infection is in the conjunctiva or on the eyelids, it is not as serious, but still needs to be treated. ...Read more

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White of eye is pink. Scratched cornea or eye infection?

Many possibilities: Unfortunately, that's a very non-specific symptoms by itself. It can represent an infection, injury, inflammation, allergy, disease, or a long list of other causes. See your local ophthalmologist for a full examination to determine the cause and decide on treatment. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a eye infection and how can I get rid of it?

What are the signs of a eye infection and how can I get rid of it?

Depends: 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

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What other types of eye infection are there, besides conjunctivitis?

What other types of eye infection are there, besides conjunctivitis?

Many: Keratitis-infection of the cornea
endopthalmitis-infection of the vitreous or aqueous humor (interior of eye)
uveitis-infection of the uvea
hordeolum or chalazion-eye lid infections
etc. ...Read more

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They found an organism growing on my smears from eye infection what could that be?

They found an organism growing on my smears from eye infection what could that be?

Bacteria: The bacteriology report should identify the organism and the antibiotic sensitivity. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of an eye infection?

How can I get rid of an eye infection?

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

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Is yellow eyes a sign of eye infection?

Is yellow eyes a sign of eye infection?

Liver disease: Yellow eyes or jaundice can be a sign of liver disease. See your family doc right away. ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly with an eye infection?

Yes, but!: Flying will not affect an eye infection. However, if you have bacterial pink eye, you are very contagious. If the infection is bacterial, it should be treated soon, as it can become troublesome. Please seek professional evaluation. ...Read more

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Could my eye infection cause mild ptosis?

Possible: Your eyelid maybe irritated and swollen from the ye infection, pink eye. Also, a stye may cause ptosis. ...Read more

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What is best treatment for an eye infection?

What is best treatment for an eye infection?

Hygiene, antibiotics: Depends upon the type of organism. If bacterial there are effective antibiotics. If viral hygiene is most important. If herpes, there is a good antiviral. Your ophthalmologist can evaluate your eye and sort this out. ...Read more

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I just had an eye infection, can I get lasik?

I just had an eye infection, can I get lasik?

Lasik: The infection needs to be treated and completely gone prior to lasik surgery. ...Read more

Newborn Eye Infection (Definition)

In the eyes of a newborn. Can be viral or bacterial. Historically we have used erythromycin eye ointment to prevent infection from chlamydia or gonorrhea. Other common bacterial infections are also ...Read more


Dr. Ira Friedlander
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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth. Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more