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What Is The Recovery Time For Bacterial Contagious Pinkeye Treated With Antibiotic Eye Drops
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 more
I have bacterial pink eye. I just started my antibiotic eye drops yesterday. It's called tobramycin ophthalmic. Can I drink alcohol while on the eye d?
How long does it take for bacterial contagious pinkeye to be gone, while using antibiotic eyedrops?
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
Have an exam: Probably not prudent to use old bottle of drops, or drops intended for another person, to treat what you may believe is "pinkeye". Old bottles may be contaminated or expired. Some of the preparations have steroids in them, and you can cause some serious damage if you are potentially treating the wrong condition. Best to be examined by an eye md for accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...Read more
I'm on the third day of using antibiotic eye drops for pink eye and it still looks horrible. Normal to take this long to get better?
Yes.: Pink eye is usually viral and takes it normal run of 10 days. People panic and change drs. The lucky dr sees u on day 7 or 8 and no matter what he or she prescribes you will be well in 48 hrs and the dr. Becomes a hero. Stick with the original doctor call him and let him know how you are progressing. ...Read more
I have bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye), I have antibiotic drops for it and I am applying every two hours. When can I wear eye make up?
After treatment: The best thing is to wait until the infection is completely clear, and the antibiotics are finished. You may need to replace your eye make up as well. If you were using it when you got the infection, bacteria may have contaminated the eye make-up. Using it again may re-infect your eyes. ...Read more
Can bacterial pink eye cause throwing up? Have had it for 4 days, using eye drops. My stomachs has hurt for 2, threw up twice today.
Given your reported problems I strongly recommend that you have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility as soon as possible.
The team will evaluate you carefully and may be able to get you under control. If not, the team will contact an appropriate specialist to get some more advice. The specialist may have you sent to him/her from the Emergency facility.
Hope all goes well- please keep ...Read more
Can I use eye drops to treat the redness from pink eye? I'm using an antibiotic cream from my doctor to cure my pink eye, but it doesn't treat the redness. Is it safe to use visine or something similar to make my eyes less bloodshot? .
During: During the course of response to an infection the eyes will become red from dilated blood vessels responding to the inciting agent. Any use of drops to get rid of the red may at times irritate and burn the eye more on application and may have a contra-effect. I recommend using less irritating preservative-free artificial tears such as refresh to help improve the redness. This will be a slow but less irritating process. ...Read more
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
Hi I went to the doctor because I woke up and my right eye was red and she sai pink eye an I was prescribed abtibiotic eye drops. I used them an now 2 days later my eye seems to be better yet I woke up and my left ear is clogged and feels like pressure in
Discharge: You are contagious as long as you have any discharge, even with antibiotic ointment or drops. Don't touch or rub your eyes. Use a tissue to clear away any discharge, throw the tissue away, and wash your hands. When you wash your face and eyes, use a white hand towel to dry then bleach the towel. Change and wash your pillow cases daily. Sanitize your door knobs and purse to help prevent reinfection. ...Read more
Viral or bacterial?: If your pink eye issue to a bacterial infection, you should no longer be considered contagious after 24-48 hours after starting the antibiotic drops. If, however, your pink eye is due to viral infection, you are likely to be contagious for as long as you are having symptoms. ...Read more
Yes! Highly so.: You are contagious as long as you have any discharge, even with antibiotic ointment or drops. Don't touch or rub your eyes. Use a tissue to clear away any discharge, throw the tissue away, and wash your hands. When you wash your face and eyes, use a white hand towel to dry then bleach the towel. Change and wash your pillow cases daily. Sanitize your door knobs and purse to help prevent reinfection. ...Read more
How long after using antibiotic eye drows for bacterial pink eye should you wait to wear make up?
Is erythromycin oinment for pink eye safe to use while nursing? Also if I don't use an antibiotic for bacterial pink eye will it go away?
Should I take my 18 month old to the doctor now? 7 days ago I took him to the ER for pink eye in both eyes. They gave him eyedrops and an oral antibiotic. He seemed to be getting better for a few days, although he was still congested and had a runny nose.
I am 99% sure I have pink eye. With no time or access to a doctor, what is the best eye drops or cream to get over the counter?
Tears: Pink eye typically refers to viral conjunctivitis. It usually affects both eyes and because it is due to a virus, is treated symptomatically with otc preservative-free artificial tears. Problem is that this cannot be self- diagnosed. There are many causes of a red eye, some of which can be quite serious. You need to see an eye md for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
I have been taking metronidazole 500 mg for 3 days I have been prescribed antibiotic drops for pink eye. Is it safe to use at the same time?
Yes: The eye drops are topical and not absorbed by your body. Neither medication should interfere with the other. You can take both safely. ...Read more
Started applying antibiotic ointment the second I recognized pink eye. Will this insure a quick recovery?
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
Would stopping an antibiotic eye drop for pinkeye be harmful if I think it's due to a virus, the day after I started the drops my eye became very red?
Have pinkeye for week now. Bit red, itchy, greeny goop, eye lid swelling. Using antibiotic drops. My cheek is now red same side as pink eye. Related?
Yes: If you have conjunctivitis that is sensitive to the antibiotic you are taking, the inflammation should be gone by 1 week. If it is not, stop the antibiotic and see your doctor. If the inflammation got better and is now getting worse, you are reacting to the medication. Take a close up photo of your eye and stop the medication. See your ophthalmologist ASAP. ...Read more
7 days: Per drug insert for bacterial conjunctivitis the recommended dosage regimen for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis is one or two drops instilled into the conjunctival sac (s) every two hours while awake for two days and one or two drops every four hours while awake for the next five days. ...Read more
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