Conjunctivitis refers to the inflammation of the conjunctiva, a thin membrane lying on the surface of the eye. Swelling often occur s as a result of infection or allergies, this condition can cause discomfort and is often associated with a burning and itchy sensation. The eye will become red and produce pus that causes the lashes to adhere to one another. Conjunctivitis which is accompanied by red eyes and a gritty feeling and or pus is contagious, comparably to conjunctivitis caused by allergies which is not. It is essential when dealing with such infections to atk precautionary measures so as not to spread the infection to others such as washing your hand regularly, disposing of used tissues after sneezing and coughing and washing pillows cases and face towels with hot water and detergent.conjunctivitis will usually heal on its own over the course of a few weeks however it is no doubt an uncomfortable condition to endure and there are many medications options you can take to help ease the symptoms you're experiencing.
Chloramphenicol 1% eye ointment
Chloramphenicol 1% eye ointment is a typical cream used in the treatment of bacterial eye infection particularly acute conjunctivitis.chlorophenol is not a suitable option when the infection has spread to deeper layers of the eye in which case oral antibiotic or injections may be required.this ointment is suitable for adults and children above the age of 2. All precautions should be taken to ensure that you wash your hands thoroughly before using this medication to reduce the risk of spreading the infection, once applied hands should be washed again.
How to use chloramphenicol 1% eye ointment
When using the 1% eye ointment you should apply a small amount roughly 1 cm worth of product to the affected eye every 3 hours . apply the product around 3-4 times a day -waking hours only.when administering simply pull back the slower lid and squeeze around 1 cm of product into the space between the lid and eye and close your eyes for a few minutes allowing the cream to distribute. If your infection is more severe your doctor may advise you to apply the ointment at night.
Precautions and side effects
Women who are pregnant and breastfeeding should not take chloramphenicol. It is essential that you inform your doctor of any other medications prescription or herbal before taking chloramphenicol as they may be contraindicated.do not use this medication if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.when using this ointment contacts lens should not be worn.Some side effects to be weary of when taking chloramphenicol are:
itching/stinging or burning sensation in the eye
Bruising more easily
Getting infections more easily
Feeling especially tired or weak
You develop photophobia
If you experience any side effects or do not see improvements in your condition when taking this medicine discuss this with your primary health care provider for further instructions regarding treatment before proceeding.