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of the symptoms of Pink eye/conjunctiveitis

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I have all of the symptoms of " Pink eye"/conjunctiveitis. My 2 yr old granson had it and he some Gentamicin .3% opthalmic solution drops left over. Can I take this medication to cure my condition?
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Bill
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.

Dr. Rick :

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JACUSTOMER-d2k92row- :

Yes.

Dr. Rick :

Pink eye is caused by a virus. Gentamicin is an antibiotic. Antibiotics only treat bacteria, not viruses. That being said it is very common for doctors to give people with pink eye antibiotic drops, even when they know it will do nothing to treat their actual condition.

JACUSTOMER-d2k92row- :

Do you have a better idea?

Dr. Rick :

There are a couple of reasons for this: To "guard against" the very,very rare secondary bacterial infection; to give the patient something to do while the virus runs its course and because mom's expect it.

Dr. Rick :

Ok, guess enough with the speech, eh? :o)

Dr. Rick :

Yes, use natural tears as often as you need to soothe your eyes and get the gunk out.

Dr. Rick :

Place ice packs/cold compresses on your eyes for the discomfort.

JACUSTOMER-d2k92row- :

Will it hurt to take the Gentamicin even though you doubt its efficacy?

Dr. Rick :

Wash your hands to minimize the chance of spreading to the rest of the family.......This will run it's course in a few days and everything should be fine.

Dr. Rick :

Nope. Won't hurt anything at all....

Dr. Rick :

and it will help to prevent any secondary bacterial infection that you may be at risk of getting...

JACUSTOMER-d2k92row- :

All Right. Thanks for your help. Happy New Year.

JACUSTOMER-d2k92row- :

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Dr. Rick :

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JACUSTOMER-d2k92row- :

Bill

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