Pink Eye

Deye’s got Bacterial Conjunctivitis again. *sigh*

Bacterial conjunctivitis due to the common pyogenic (pus-producing) bacteria causes marked grittiness/irritation and a stringy, opaque, grey or yellowish mucopurulent discharge (gowl, goop, “gunk”, “eye crust“, sleep, or other regional names) that may cause the lids to stick together (matting), especially after sleeping.

When she woke up yesterday morning, she’s got these yellowish discharges in her eyes. She was crying out loud saying “my eyes are ouch!”. But yesterday was a Sunday, Eye Specialist Clinics were closed. I had to find a way by just washing her eyes with warm water. Not sure if what I did was right, but at least the discharges were removed from her eyes.

I took her to an Eye Specialist today, and yes, she’s got this viral eye infection again. She also had this the first time she came to Philippines. I think it’s because of the heat, but how come she still gets it when she’s already adjusted to the weather here. When I checked online about the possible causes, here’s what I found:

The leading cause of a red, inflamed eye is virus infection. A number of different viruses can be responsible for the infection. Viral pink eye symptoms are usually associated with more of a watery discharge that is not green or yellow in color. Often, viral “cold-like” symptoms, such as sinus congestion and runny nose, are also present. The eyelids may be swollen. Sometimes looking at bright lights is painful. While viral pink eye may not require an antibiotic, those affected should see a doctor, as occasionally this form of pink eye can be associated with infection of the cornea (the clear portion of the front of the eyeball). This infection must be correctly detected and treated. Viral pink eye is highly contagious. Viral pink eye usually resolves in seven to 10 days after symptoms appear. In addition, feces particles that reach the eye are often a cause for pink eye.

She was given Tobramycin for 7 days, a drop in each eye 4x a day. I hope she gets well very soon.

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