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My wife has been experiencing what we think is viral

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Hello, my wife has been experiencing what we think is viral conjunctivitis. She's been taking a number of treatments for this but it's not improving. Treatments have included antibiotic ointment (when it was thought to be bacterial), steroid drops and flushing with saline.
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Customer: It's been going on for 5 days and every morning she wakes up with swollen eyelids and a red, weeping eye. No coloured discharge or crustiness.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr SH replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your question.

Antibiotics do not help for viral conjunctivitis and would only help if bacteria are involved.

Steroid eye drops also do not help and only prolong the healing time of viral conjunctivitis which is why they are not recommended.

The best thing to do is to do regular saline flushes.

It can take up to two weeks to heal up completely.

So patience is of the essence.

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Expert:  Dr SH replied 1 year ago.

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