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I think I have Viral conjunctivitis. Do to the fact my gitlfriend

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I think I have Viral conjunctivitis. Do to the fact my gitlfriend is just getting over acute bronkitis. There is very mild itch redness in large on the top of the eye, but also all around white of my eye. There is no pain or discomfote when I move my eye all the wal up, down or left & right. Eye was close this morning and had to be wet to open. Am I correct and how do I treat it as I have no Ins right now? Thanks
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 4 years ago.
Hello,

If you have redness and stickiness of the eyes , you need to instill antibiotic eye drops irrespective of it being viral or bacterial infection. In viral conjunctivitis it is given to prevent secondary bacterial infection.

You can put a broad spectrum antibiotic eye drop like tobramycin, one drop every 2 hours initial 4 days and then every four hours for another 3 days.

You can maintain good hygiene, avoid touching the eye frequently/or any contamination, avoid warm compresses as it worsens the condition( warmth can actually let the bacteria grow more). Use clean cloth to wipe any discharge.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Can I get the eye drops over the counter? As my 90 days are not up get so my INS is not enabled yet.
Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 4 years ago.
Hello,

Antibiotic eye drops are not available over the counter as they are prescription drugs.

Viral conjunctivitis is a self limiting condition and antibiotics are needed to prevent any superadded bacterial infection. Invariably viral conjunctivitis subsides within 2 weeks.

In case of burning associated with this you can put Refresh plus eye drops 1 drop four times a day. These are available OTC.

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