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Why is this eye infection not responding to antibiotics?

Why is this eye infection not responding to antibiotics?

May be viral or...: Viral eye infections are like the common cold...They don't respond to antibiotics and just need to run their course. Or, maybe it is not an infection, but rather an inflammatory problem. If not responding to drops within 7-10 days, see an eye doctor for further examination to figure out what the real problem is. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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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I'm taking drops for my eye infection. It's an antibiotic. My eye is kind of red - is that one of the side effects?

I'm taking drops for my eye infection. It's an antibiotic. My eye is kind of red - is that one of the side effects?

The other way around: The eye gets red from infection and the drops are used to fight the ingection - the success will be noted by lessening of the redness. If the redness persists or is worsening, then either the drops are not effective and you need a new one, or you may have an unlikely allergy. Check with your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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How long is an eye infection contagious after starting antibiotic drops?

How long is an eye infection contagious after starting antibiotic drops?

Depends: If the infection is caused by bacteria, you might see improvement and decreased contagion in a day. If the eye infection is viral, the antibiotic drops won't change the status of contagion at all. ...Read more

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My one month old daughter has an eye infection, I have been applying eye ointment antibiotic for a month now and her eye hasn't healed?

My one month old daughter has an eye infection, I have been applying eye ointment antibiotic for a month now and her eye hasn't healed?

Here are some...: Hi! Stephen699, The one-month-old infant with "eye infection" despite being treated with topical antibiotic ointment as reported should be urgently followed and re-evaluated for possible misdiagnosis or ineffectiveness of treatment. To get her related health issues cared correctly can be done by following instructions described in http://formefirst. Com/eNewsletter06.html. ...Read more

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Can an eye infection cause post nasal drip? Will antibiotic eye drops help the drip?

Can an eye infection cause post nasal drip? Will antibiotic eye drops help the drip?

Possible: It is possible as the secretions from eye drain into the nose through a duct called nano lacrimal duct. Always check with your doctor for any specific issues. ...Read more

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My 6month baby had eye infection so doctor did blood test nd told CRP as 6.4 is that normal doctor suggested antibiotic injection for that!

My 6month baby had eye infection so doctor did blood test nd told CRP as 6.4 is that normal doctor suggested antibiotic injection for that!

Ocular infection: Do not know what the doctor actually diagnosed or was treating, but there are few "eye infections" in a 6 mos old that would need a single antibiotic injection. Hopefully this doctor is pediatrician. If not, go and have your baby seen be a pediatrician. The CRP is a very non-specific indicator of inflammation and is not generally an indicator, by itself, of a need for antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can a antibiotic clear up a eye infection as a last resort to everything else the dr tried? Like 500 mg of erythromycin?

Can a antibiotic clear up a eye infection as a last resort to everything else the dr tried? Like 500 mg of erythromycin?

Viral?: Most cases of conjunctivitis are caused by viruses, and there's nothing you can do to clear them up other than wait from them to resolve on their own. If you've already tried antibiotic drops or ointments, that may be the reason. ...Read more

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My baby got eye infection so they did blood test and came to know that crp (6.4) septicemia and given ceftriaxone injection and antibiotic eye drop....

In good hands: Sounds like the eye infection was a clue to a more serious systemic infection. Your child seems to be in 'good hands' as they have recognized the problem and are giving an effective antibiotic for the septicemia. Hopefully all will turn out well. ...Read more

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Eye infection-how can I treat this?

Eye infection-how can I treat this?

See your Doctor: You need evaluation to see if it is viral or bacterial infection or allergic conjunctivitis.The treatment depends on the cause
bacterial conjunctivitis can be treated with prescription antibiotic drops, viral is treated differently
see your doctor or opthalmologist. ...Read more

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What to do if I have eye infection please help?

What to do if I have eye infection please help?

Ophthalmologist: I would go to your ophthalmologist to determine if you need antibiotics. ...Read more

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My eye infection is not going away, so I'm asking for some suggestions.

My eye infection is not going away, so I'm asking for some suggestions.

Yes.: Any number of conditions can cause eye infections. You should see an ophthalmologist who can help with diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Can I exercise while I have an eye infection?

Can I exercise while I have an eye infection?

What type of workout: Most eye infections are limited to the outside of the eye and in almost all cases, as long as you are being treated you can exercise. More importantly than whether you can exercise is the type and location of exercise. It is not a good idea to swim or share gym equipment if you have an infection, since you can transfer it to others. You should ask your eye doctor about your specific infection. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have an eye infection from contacts?

How can I tell if I have an eye infection from contacts?

The white spot: Usually the most common infection associated with contact lens use is the bacterial corneal ulcer. This looks like a small white spot on the corneal surface. This needs to be treated asap to prevent potential vision loss! ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I think I may have an eye infection?

What do you suggest if I think I may have an eye infection?

A few things: First - if you are wearing contacts, remove them. If the vision is down, or there is pus or much pain, then see an ophthalmologist. Otherwise keep the eye clean, wash your hands so you don't spread it and seek help if it is still present after about 4 days. ...Read more

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What should I do for an eye infection for my four year old?

What should I do for an eye infection for my four year old?

Take to an eye doc: Take him/her immediately to be seen by an ophthalmologist. ...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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How long after a eye infection ends can I wear eye makeup and contacts?

When improved: When the redness is almost gone, the eye is comfortable and there is no discharge, you can then reapply makeup and start wearing contacts. The time is variable for this to happen but the time to add contacts and makeup is easily determined when the signs and symptoms improve. ...Read more

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Eye infection? My eyes only burn when I lay down at night, what could it be?

Eye infection? My eyes only burn when I lay down at night, what could it be?

Here's what it's not: An eye infection. It is something else, and likely dry eye. ...Read more

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How come every time I get sick I get an eye infection that looks like herpes?

How come every time I get sick I get an eye infection that looks like herpes?

Could be herpes: Herpes can cause ocular, or eye symptoms. As herpes outbreaks can occur during times of illness, it is possible that you are having recurrent ocular herpes outbreaks. You definitely need to be seen by your doctor during one of these episodes to obtain a proper diagnosis. Untreated ocular herpes can lead to worse illnesses in the eye such as keratoconjunctivis. There are medications available! ...Read more

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What all precautions I should take to prevent getting eye infection from a family member.?

Conjunctivitis trans: Eye infections such as bacterial conjunctivitis are very contagious. Spread of the infection can be minimized by encouraging the infected person to frequently wash their hands, avoid touching the eyes, and taking their medications as directed. Towel and bed linens sharing should be avoided, and household contacts should also practice good handwashing practices. ...Read more

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If I touch something someone with an eye infection has touched, can I get infected as well?

If I touch something someone with an eye infection has touched, can I get infected as well?

Yes: Conjunctivitis, especially viral conjunctivitis, can be very contagious; the key is good hand washing. If you touch the object, but wash your hands before you get them close to your eyes, you should be fine. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more