Medicines for conjunctivitis (bacterial, viral and allergic)

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Knowing what the type of conjunctivitis is is very important to carry out the treatment correctly and prevent the disease from getting worse. The most used drugs are eye drops for conjunctivitis, which must be used under medical prescription.

Some advice for the treatment of conjunctivitis are:

  • Keep your eyes clean and dry;
  • Avoid touching yourself en los ojos con las manos;
  • Avoid exposure to sunlight or intense light;
  • Use sterile saline to wash eyes;
  • Use paper towels or disposable compresses to dry your eyes;
  • Wash your hands with water and soap several times a day, and always before and after cleaning your eyes.

Inflammation of the eye membrane, conjunctival call, can be caused by allergy, atmospheric contamination or contamination by bacteria or virus, which can cause symptoms such as pain in the eyes, comezón, reddening and tearing of the eyeball, swelling of the shoulders and some sometimes fever, headache and insomnia.

The treatment depends on the causative agent of the conjunctivitis and consists of the application of eye drops such as antibiotics, corticosteroids or antihistamines:

1. Viral conjunctivitis

A good medicine for viral conjunctivitis is the physiological serum that helps to clean eyes and keep them moist. In general, viral conjunctivitis does not require a specific treatment, however, the doctor may recommend the use of lubricating drops or an ophthalmic antiviral.

In more serious cases in which the vision can be affected, it may be necessary to resort to the use of topical corticosteroids, however, you should be very careful with the use of these drugs because they can worsen the problem.

See how to identify viral conjunctivitis.

2. Bacterial conjunctivitis

The drugs used for bacterial conjunctivitis are antibiotic eye drops, such as Chloramphenicol, Tobramycin, Ciprofloxacin hydrochloride and Fusidic acid. However, these eye drops can also be associated with corticosteroids, such as Tobradex.

These medicines fight infection and relieve symptoms such as eye discomfort, inflammation and swelling, however, this type of medicine should only be used under medical advice.

See how to identify the symptoms of bacterial conjunctivitis.

3. Allergic conjunctivitis

The most used drugs to treat allergic conjunctivitis are antiallergic eye drops with antihistamine properties, which reduce histamine production and, consequently, reduce symptoms such as comezón, hinchazón and enrojecimiento, as is the case of Visadron or Zaditen, for example.

However, for the treatment of allergic conjunctivitis to be effective, it is important to identify what caused the allergy, in order to avoid further contact.

Home remedy for conjunctivitis

There are home remedies that are excellent to treat or attenuate conjunctivitis and facilitate healing, such as the manzanilla or con zanahoria tea compresses, which contain properties that help to alleviate the redness, pain and comezón in the eye.

In addition, the treatment at home can also be done with compresses soaked in cold water that help to relieve inflammation, however, these home treatments do not need to replace the use of medications when prescribed by the ophthalmologist. See how to prepare these home remedies.

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