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Whats the difference between bacterial and acanthamoeba keratitis?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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In brief: Organism

Bacterial keratitis is the infection of the cornea with one of many of the bacterial invaders of the body.
Acanthamoeba is a protozoa which likes to live in the cornea, but fortunately is rare. Bacteria causes acute inflammation with pus, pain and discharge. Amoebas are slow growing, produce a chronic problem resistent to anti-bacterials. See a corneal specialist if you suspect this problem.

In brief: Organism

Bacterial keratitis is the infection of the cornea with one of many of the bacterial invaders of the body.
Acanthamoeba is a protozoa which likes to live in the cornea, but fortunately is rare. Bacteria causes acute inflammation with pus, pain and discharge. Amoebas are slow growing, produce a chronic problem resistent to anti-bacterials. See a corneal specialist if you suspect this problem.
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