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What Antibiotic Treats Pink Eye
Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) (Definition)
"Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. "Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. ...Read more
Eye infection: I would not treat an eye infection without seeing an eye doctor to get a definite diagnosis and treatment plan. Many causes are viral and will not respond to antibiotics, and some cases of red eye are not an infection at all. Plus, some antibiotics work better than others for a given condition, depending on the patient's history. ...Read more
None : Pink eye is viral or bacterial. The screen shot from wills eye manual reveals recommended antibiotics for bacterial conjunctivitis, tobramycin (aminoglycoside) not there. Viral conjuctivitis usually not serious and antibacterials not useful. The antibiotic tobramycin is not the recommended to treat the most common bacteria to infect the eye, strep and staph (gram positive). ...Read more
No improvement: Viral conjunctivitis doesn't respond to antibiotics. If you apply antibiotic ointment when there's a viral infection, the pink eye will remain pink & will only improve with time. Cool compresses may help. The risk of using antibiotics in the eye when not necessary include: possible allergic reaction (eye may get redder/swollen) & possibly developing resistance to that antibiotic in the future. ...Read more
Pinkeye: Most pinkeye is due to viral infection. The 40 or so viruses which can cause this have a symptom cycle of 3 to 10 days of activity until recovery except for the several that cause corneal immune deposits which can last longer. Antibiotic eyedrops do not treat viral disease but merely prevent secondary bacterial invasion. They do not alter the time cycle of the viral infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple choices: Many topical antibiotics are used regularly, including: sulfacetamide sodium, gentamicin, tobramycin, erythromycin ointment, moxifloxacin, gatifloxacin, trimethoprim-sulfmethoxizole, and so on. Pink-eye may be bacterial, but also can be viral, allergic, or due to another cause. Only a qualified ophthalmologist can tell the right cause and appropriate treatment. See an eyeMD. ...Read more
Antibiotic treatment: 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
Need allergy meds: 'pink eye' (conjuctivitis) is due to a viral or bacterial infection and responds to anti-biotic drops. Allergic conjuctivitis responds to allergy meds such as Patanol (olopatadine) eye drops or even otc oral meds such as benedryl, zyrtec, allegra, or Claritin (or generics). Hope you are better soon! ...Read more
Tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) Ophthalmic Ointment given for eye rednes,swelling,oozing yellow,drynes-no bacterial infection found in skin scraping-why then give antibiotic?
Culture ?: Tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) is a good treatment for severe redness caused by bacterial conjunctivitis, especially those caused by gram negative bacteria. If an eye scraping is done with culture and no bacteria are cultured, the irritation may be due to viral or allergic issues, that could be complicated by bacterial superinfection. Tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) is a good 1st line, followed by specific therapy based on sensitivities ...Read more
Not if viral: The trade name is tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) can be used to treat some forms of conjunctivitis. "pink eye" is lay term for viral conjunctivitis. Tobramycin is an antibacterial so typically will not treat viral infections. Dexamethasone is a steroid which has an anti inflammatory effect and can help with redness and pain. If pink eye is the diagnosis it's best to use artificial tears and cool compresses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Optometrist said Ihave dry patches in eyeball, gave me antibiotic eye drops,didn't specify an infection. Have dryeyes, lightsensitive,extragoo,crusty?
I had an eye infection, and my ophthalmologist prescribed both tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) drops (both eyes) and ointment (affected eye). Is that an overkill?
Probably not: Eyedrops are in liquid and are effective for 1-2 hours until your natural tear flow removes them. Ointment is a nice adjunct for nighttime use as it coats the eye for many hours and therefore is effective while you sleep and do not have to awaken at 3 am to put in another eyedrop. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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