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Doctor insights on: Sea Salt Eye Wash For Conjunctivitis

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Could a sea salt eye flush heal chemical burns?

Could a sea salt eye flush heal chemical burns?

Would not: Remember the old adage of rubbing salt in a wound? Use only saline if you use a salt containing product but clear clean water is the best. Mild cleansing with mild soap and water will help keep the bacterial load down. See your doctor for complete care. Best wishes.

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

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My 3 1/2 years old son woke up with puffy/swollen eyes but no pain. He took sea salt & baking soda bath the night before. Could it b the cause?

My 3 1/2 years old son woke up with puffy/swollen eyes but no pain. He took sea salt & baking soda bath the night before. Could it b the cause?

Puffy eye lid: His puffy eyes could be due irritation from the salt & baking soda, why did use it? But edema of the eyes could be due to allergies also & lf associated with swelling of hands, feet or scrotum it is a more urgent problem. In either case he has to be checked by his doctor or in ER. Good luck

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Swam in Gulf of Mexico and hotel poolyesterday. Today my eyes feel irritated and stuffy. Like the start of pink eye. This from salt/ chlorine or germ?

Swam in Gulf of Mexico and hotel poolyesterday. Today my eyes feel irritated and stuffy. Like the start of pink eye. This from salt/ chlorine or germ?

Can be either: The eye irritation may be the start of a "pink eye"--but also could just be irritation from pool chemicals. Would suggest using saline eye drops for the next day. If you start having any drainage from the eyes, then this is prob an infection and will require antibiotic eye drops. IF the irritation goes away with the saline drops, then it was just from the pool chemicals. If question, medical ap

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Can I cure my conjunctivitis naturally by keeping my eyes closed?

Can I cure my conjunctivitis naturally by keeping my eyes closed?

No: Most cases of conjunctivitis are self-limited (meaning they end whether or not they are treated). Keeping your eyes closed may make them feel better, but this will not help your infection get better.

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Does keeping eye closed help a case of conjunctivitis?

Does keeping eye closed help a case of conjunctivitis?

No: In fact, using the eye may help a little. Normal blinking and tearing can help remove excess germs from the surface of the eye. So by keeping the eye open, you may actually be reducing the number of days that the infection lasts. At the very least, it will not worsen the condition, so do not bother keeping your eyes closed.

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What should you do when you have conjunctivitis or pink eye?

What should you do when you have conjunctivitis or pink eye?

Pink eye!: You need to identify the underlying cause. Is it infectious (viral, bacterial, fungal), allergic, dry eye, or some other systemic or autoimmune condition. Try artificial tears and oral omega-3's (evoa dry eye supplements). You may need prescription drops, see an eye md.

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What could I do to determine if I have pink eye/conjunctivitis?

What could I do to determine if I have pink eye/conjunctivitis?

Depends: Pink eye can be from bacteria, virus or allergy with chemical irritation since it defines as inflammation of membranes -conjunctiva. It is best to see doctor for proper med.

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Does conjunctivitis usually cause eye pain?

Does conjunctivitis usually cause eye pain?

Varies: Depending on the cause of the conjunctivitis, it can cause tenderness or a mild irritation versus no pain.

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Can some eye drops exacerbate your conjunctivitis?

Can some eye drops exacerbate your conjunctivitis?

Yes: As an interesting fact, most of the conjunctivitis I see is virally caused. Often an affected individual has been treated at Urgent care facility after hrs, & is prescribed an antibiotic, usually an aminoglycoside (gentamicin, or tobramycin). When they see me, it's on the basis of worsening eye condition. Often (not always) 1 of these 2 antibiotics causes significant ocular Irritation.

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I am suffering in conjunctivitis on left eye. Please help.

I am suffering in conjunctivitis on left eye. Please help.

A quick visit: To your doctor should sort that out for you. If a viral conjunctivitis (most common) symptoms resolve spontaneously in a few days. Your doctor should just take a look to establish diagnosis.

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Questions about pink eye/conjunctivitis? Does it always need to be treated? Is it contageous?

Questions about pink eye/conjunctivitis? Does it always need to be treated? Is it contageous?

Sometimes: Conjunctivitis can be bacterial, in which case it's contagious and needs to be treated with antibiotics. It can be viral, and then it's sometimes treated with medicines for inflammation. Viral conjunctivitis is contagious too. It can be allergic and treated with antihistamines, but allergic conjunctivitis is not contagious.

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Is it pink eye, conjunctivitis or blepharitis?

Conjunctivitis: " pink eye" generally is considered an infection of the eye causing inflammation of the lining or conjunctiva. Hence conjunctivitis.

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Can rubbing eyes cause bacterial conjunctivitis?

Can rubbing eyes cause bacterial conjunctivitis?

Unlikely: The eyes are pretty terrific at fighting off potential invaders. Most conjunctivitis is due to viruses. Bacterial usually requires underlying breaks in the defense such as trauma, recent surgery and immunologic deficiency. Rubbing by itself will not cause bacterial infection. If your hands are somehow infected and there is a break in the defense it is possible. Avoid rubbing and wash hands.

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Can I get conjunctivitis by putting feces in my eye?

Can I get conjunctivitis by putting feces in my eye?

There would: Be a distinct possibility of it. Feces are full of bacteria. Don't put fecal material in your eye.

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How can you disinfect eye shadow after conjunctivitis?

You cannot: You cannot disinfect eye shadow. If you have had an infection you need to discard it.

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