n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Conjunctivitis : health awareness

Volume 23, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Extracted from text ... Conjunctivitis is probably the most common cause of red and irritated eyes. Unlike other causes of acute red eyes, it is usually bilateral. There are many causes, but most cases result from acute infection or allergy. Specific symptoms, signs and management depend on the exact cause. Bacterial conjunctivitis There are many different bacteria that cause conjunctivitis, but the more common causes are Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, haemophilus and coliforms. Broad-spectrum antibiotic drops, for example chloramphenicol, are used in the early stages of the condition. These must be instilled frequently through the day. Bacterial culture of the organism involved is ..

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