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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.
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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the thin mucous membrane that lines the front surface of the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids. As the inflammation increases, it causes tiny blood vessels to dilate, thus leading to a ...Read more


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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 ...Read more

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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.

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Are sulfacetamide sodium and prednisolone sodium phosphate ophthalmic solution eye drops good for treating bacterial pink eye in adults?

Are sulfacetamide sodium and prednisolone sodium phosphate ophthalmic solution eye drops good for treating bacterial pink eye in adults?

Eye drops: Sulfacetamide is useful but topical antibiotics are more effective. Prednisilone drops are not initially used and could be counter productive. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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?

Doctor can: Differentiate. Antibiotic eye drops can be used to treat bacterial pink eye. Most viral conjunctivitis does not require treatment (but antiviral meds may used if it is a herpes simplex virus infection). Allergic conjunctivitis may be treated with mast cell stabilizers or antihistamines. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Couldviral conjunctivitis (pink eye) become bacterial?

Couldviral conjunctivitis (pink eye) become bacterial?

Word confusion: The lay and medical community both use overlapping terms for inflammatory conditions of the eye linings. If its pink, whether due to viruses, hair spray or bacteria, some will call it pink eye. Any goopy eye from non bacterial caused may become contaminated by bacteria over time most do not as the tears have some anti bacterial properties. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is the pathogen that causes pink eye (conjunctivitis)?

What is the pathogen that causes pink eye (conjunctivitis)?

Pink eye: Pink eye is conjunctivitis. It can be caused by things like viruses (common cold), bacteria, allergies, foreign body in the eye & chemical exposures. ...Read more

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Which over-the-counter eye drop can I use for conjunctivitis?

Which over-the-counter eye drop can I use for conjunctivitis?

None really: Most "pinkeye" or conjunctivitis is actually viral, so eye drops, including antibiotics, are usually not effective. Viral conjunctivitis tends to run it's course in 7-10 days. It can be very contagious, spreading from one eye to the other or to other people. Hand washing is essential. To be certain it is not a more serious bacterial or fungal infection, you should see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What's the difference between viral conjunctivitis and pink eye?

What's the difference between viral conjunctivitis and pink eye?

Usually the same: Most "pink eye" is caused by viral conjunctivitis, in which case they're the same. However, a bacterial conjunctivitis, though less common, could cause the same symptoms and be referred to as pink eye, and there are other conditions that can make the eye look red. ...Read more

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How long does eye inflammation associated with conjunctivitis last?

How long does eye inflammation associated with conjunctivitis last?

A week: Viral infection which causes pink eye run their course over 7 days. There is no specific cure. Only adjunctive supportive therapy is advocated. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pink eye (conjunctivitis), what happens if I don't get treatment?

Not to worry: There are a number of viruses which cause this and the length of infection can be from 5-10 days. There is no specific treatment; just drops for comfort. Almost all clear without treatment. If you are ten days or more out and still have the problem, go back to your ophthalmologist for a second look. ...Read more

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Just got a yellow discharge in eyes. I think it is conjunctivitis. What else could it be?

Just got a yellow discharge in eyes. I think it is conjunctivitis. What else could it be?

Yellow discharge: Could be conjunctivitis (viral if recent cold & a lot of eye itching) or due to a dry or unstable tear film can be from clogged meibomian glands, demodex, staph on lashes; rarely from immune issue. See eyedoc2020@blogspot. Com "lid hygiene" on how to use warm compresses, diluted tea tree oil wiping, & artificial tears to naturally help relieve sx. May need Rx from eyeMD for antibiotic ...Read more

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I got conjunctivitis yesterday and want to know wether I’ll be okay to wear eye makeup Monday?

Possibly: By Monday you will be 4-5 days into the condition. Most conjunctivitis will last 3-10 days. There is no risk to using make up but if the eye is weeping with discharge, the make up might smear and streak on your face Your choice on how to deal with this. ...Read more

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After having conjunctivitis, how long should I wait before putting on eye makeup if I replace it?

After having conjunctivitis, how long should I wait before putting on eye makeup if I replace it?

Conjunctivitis/makeu: If it is infectious conjunctivitis you have to wait till the infection has completely cleared, if the make up was the cause of allergic conjunctivitis than you have to use a different make up after itching and burning is gone. ...Read more

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