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Antibiotics for Conjunctivitis

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December 10, 2020 Read Time - 3 minutes

Antibiotics for Conjunctivitis

There are three main types of conjunctivitis, also called pink eye: bacterial, viral, and allergy.

If you or your child is suffering from bacterial conjunctivitis then you need a prescription for antibiotics.

Read on to learn more about bacterial conjunctivitis and how to get antibiotics online.

What is Bacterial Conjunctivitis?

Bacterial conjunctivitis is an infection of one or both eyes. It causes swelling of the conjunctiva, redness and thick discharge. It affects both adults and children though it is more common in children.

What Causes Bacterial Conjunctivitis?

Bacterial conjunctivitis can be caused by many different strains of bacteria. The most common are:

  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Haemophilus influenza
  • Streptococcus pneumonia
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Is Bacterial Conjunctivitis Contagious?

These types of bacteria are contagious. You can get bacterial conjunctivitis from an infected person, or you can pick up the bacteria from commonly used surfaces such as doorknobs and TV remotes.

You can also get bacterial conjunctivitis if you are suffering from a different bacterial infection elsewhere on your body. Illnesses such as strep throat, ear and sinus infections can cause bacterial conjunctivitis if the bacteria make their way into the eyes.

The best way to prevent bacterial conjunctivitis is to wash your hands often and if you are sick avoid touching your face and eyes.

Symptoms of Bacterial Conjunctivitis

The most common symptoms of bacterial conjunctivitis are:

  • Redness in the white of the eye or inner eyelid
  • Swollen conjunctiva
  • More tears than usual
  • Thick yellow discharge that crusts over the eyelashes, especially after sleep
  • Green or white discharge from the eye
  • Itchy eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Blurred vision

If you or your child is suffering from these symptoms it is likely to be bacterial conjunctivitis and you will need an antibiotic prescription. Our world-class doctors here at PlushCare can diagnose your condition and prescribe you antibiotics online. The average online appointment lasts 15 minutes and you can pick up your prescription at your local pharmacy.

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  • See a doctor, get treatment and a prescription at your local pharmacy.

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How to Get Antibiotics for Conjunctivitis

Skip the doctors office and get diagnosed and prescribed antibiotics for bacterial conjunctivitis by an online doctor here at PlushCare.

During your video or phone session you will discuss your symptoms and medical history with your doctor. They will give you an official diagnosis and prescribe proper treatment.

If you are diagnosed with bacterial conjunctivitis your doctor will write you an antibiotic prescription and electronically send it to a pharmacy of your choice.

Antibiotics for eye infections can come in the form or drops, ointments, and pills. You can pick up your prescription at your convenience and take it as directed to relieve your symptoms and start to feel better again.

If you have itchy, red, swollen, eyes with thick discharge you probably have bacterial conjunctivitis, and the best way to cure it is with antibiotics so book an appointment today with a PlushCare doctor and get affordable treatment online.

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