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My eyes itch and burn. There is also a thin white discharge

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My eyes itch and burn. There is also a thin white discharge in the outer corners of eyes. I got a prescription for antibiotic drops, but I'm concern that this infection may be caused by yeast. Can yeast in the eyes cause these symptoms? How can you be certain whether it is yeast or bacterial?

Doctor DanB : Hello and thanks for your question. Have you had a cold or stomach flu recently? Been around anyone with a red eye?


Doctor DanB : Do you have seasonal allergies? Itchy, runny nose? Sneezing?


Doctor DanB : Is the discharge ropy or stringy?


Doctor DanB : Yeast really does not cause a conjunctivitis so I don't have any significant worry about that. I think this is likely what is called allergic conjunctivitis and there are some steps you can take to begin to rid yourself of its symptoms. First of all, it is important to control the eye's response to allergens and this would include taking an antihistamine drop; a couple of over-the-counter brand names include Alaway or Zaditor and they both work fairly well. If you try these and it helps but is not quite enough, then you may do better with a prescription allergy drop called Pataday which works very well. If this still isnt enough then you may be necessary to start an oral antihistamine such as Claritin or zyrtec which you can buy over-the-counter if this isnt helping. Lastly, cold compresses done several times/day can and will help the itching sensation and suppress the inflammation.Your symptoms should start to respond to this quickly.
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