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Dr. Tim Conrad
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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


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Will amoxicillin treat pink eye if it is bacterial? My 5 year old has an ear infection accompanied by her eyes now oozing green. Wasn't sure if amoxic

Will amoxicillin treat pink eye if it is bacterial? My 5 year old has an ear infection accompanied by her eyes now oozing green. Wasn't sure if amoxic

Often come together: Pinkeye and ear infections often occur at or near the same time although they also occur separately.The Amoxicillin will not achieve a level in babies system to kill the eye germs.Your pedi or family doc can provide eye drops that help. ...Read more

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Can i take amoxicillin for pink eye?

Can i take amoxicillin for pink eye?

No help: Oral antibiotics such as Amoxicillin really won't help with pink eye. Most of the time, pink eye is due to a virus. Even if it's bacterial, it's better treated with antibiotic eye drops rather than a pill. ...Read more

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7.5 month old daughter was given 7mls amoxicillin twice a day for 10 days. She is 14lbs 14oz the amount seems real high to me. It is for pink eye, and?

Hard to say: You have not provided the strength of the med (amoxicillin) or a clear reason why it was used . Proper dose is higher for things like an ear infection that it would be for a bladder infection.There is more than one strength of medicine available, so giving the amount without the strength does not give us enough info. ...Read more

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Cold for 3 wks, then a facial herpes breakout, then pink eye. Went to dr, gave me a prescription for amoxicillin because "i've been sick so long" why?

Cold for 3 wks, then a facial herpes breakout, then pink eye. Went to dr, gave me a prescription for amoxicillin because "i've been sick so long" why?

Super-infection: There can many times be a bacterial infection on top of a viral (herpes) infection. This is called superinfection. The antibiotic will help remove such possibility, but probably best to also include an antiviral treatment like Acyclovir along with that. ...Read more

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Is ammoxicillin effective for pink eye?

Is ammoxicillin effective for pink eye?

No: Most pink eye is caused by viruses, and antibiotics, including amoxicillin, do not have any effect on them. ...Read more

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2yr old given two drops oflaxin for pink eye. Hives within ten min of drops and lasted 5 days. He also had hives after amoxicillian.Antibioticallergy?

2yr old given two drops oflaxin for pink eye. Hives within ten min of drops and lasted 5 days. He also had hives after amoxicillian.Antibioticallergy?

Very unusual: Although not impossible, hives from an eye drop is unusual since very little of the medicine gets absorbed in the body. Nonetheless, we should presume an allergy reaction & follow up with your pediatrician or allergist for additional testing. And to clarify, it would not be an allergy to antibiotics, but an allergy to quinolone antibiotics and Amoxicillin (although rash may also be a side effect. ...Read more

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Can oral augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) be used to treat "pink eye"?

Can oral augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) be used to treat "pink eye"?

No: Most "pinkeye" or conjunctivitis is actually viral, so 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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How do I get treated for pink eye?

How do I get treated for pink eye?

Pink eye: Most pink eye is caused by Adenovirus and is very contagious. Sometimes the eye is infected with bacteria. Please see your primary care physician for treatment and/or referral to an ophthalmologist as needed as soon as possible. Do not share linens, towels, or wash cloths with anyone. Wash your hands frequently. Use warm compresses then 1.2 strength baby shampoo with water on Qtips to wash lids. ...Read more

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How do I treat a toddler's pink eye?

How do I treat a toddler's pink eye?

See PCP: Pink eye, conjunctivitis, is most often taken cared by primary care provider. Pink eye is not too infrequently complicated by acute ear infection (AOM). ...Read more

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How to treat pink eye before you spread it?

Most are viral: When around other people don't get close and do not touch them, particularly when you have touched your eye. There is no specific treatment if this is viral (unless it is herpes), and if there is pus, it is getting worse, or it is affecting your vision see an eye doctor asap. ...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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How to treat pink eye in 5month old baby?

How to treat pink eye in 5month old baby?

See your doctor: Symptoms like these are best deterimed by a thorough evaluation by your baby's physician. Based on his/her findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help your baby. ...Read more

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Think i might have pink eye cause I have some redness in my eyes and its irritating. How can I tell if if have it and how to treat it ?

Think i might have pink eye cause I have some redness in my eyes and its irritating. How can I tell if if have it and how to treat it ?

Pinkeye: Pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, has many causes, including viruses, bacteria, allergy, inflammation, foreign bodies in the eye, etc. The first thing to do is not rub the eye. Then, you could try some cold artificial tears, such as theratears (available over-the-counter). If this does not bring relief within a few hours, call your local eye doctor for an appointment. ...Read more

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Tears pour out of my right eye mostly when i bed over or sleep on the right. I have been treated for pink eye, it isnt that! what could it be?

Tears pour out of my right eye mostly when i bed over or sleep on the right. I have been treated for pink eye, it isnt that! what could it be?

Blocked tear duct: You may have a blocked tear drainage duct. If this is the cause of your tearing, your ophthalmologist may be able to irrigate or flush out whatever is causing the blockage. Other causes are also possible. ...Read more

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Need to know is tobramycin dexameth ophth susp used to treat pink eye?

Need to know is tobramycin dexameth ophth susp used to treat pink eye?

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 more

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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


Amoxicillin (Definition)

Amoxicillin is in the penicillin class of antibiotics. All penicillins are distinguished by the presence of a beta-lactam ring, and are known to kill bacteria by inhibiting synthesis (production) ...Read more