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 0.5 %
Chloramphenicol eye drops are an antibiotic solution used to help fight against infections in particular superficial conjunctivitis.cholroanphenciol is not a suitable option when the infection has spread to deeper layers of the eye.the eye drop solution is suitable for adults and children above the age of 2.When using this medication, every precaution should be taken to ensure that your hands are washed thoroughly to reduce the likelihood of spreading the infection to the other eye or to others. Ensure that you avoid touching the eye dropper with your fingers to minimize any further possible injury to the eye, be careful that the nozzle does not touch the surface of the eye.
How to take chloramphenicol
To start your chloramphenicol 0.5% treatment apply 1 drop in the affected eye every 2 hours- waking hours only. This should be done for the first 2 days of treatment, for the following 3 days apply 1 drop every 4 hours, or as your doctor has prescribed you. When administering the drop, tilt your head back and gently pull back the lower eyelid, apply 1 drop in the area between the lid and the eye then close the eyes for a few minutes allowing the medication to distribute. Wipe away any extra liquid with tissue.this treatment should only be used for 5 days.
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 these eye drops contacts lens should not be worn.Lsome 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
If you experience any side effects or can not see any improvements when using this medicine discuss this with your primary health care provider for further instructions regarding treatment before proceeding.