Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Eye Infection with Bacteria Home Care

Home care for bacterial conjunctivitis includes:

  • Discard eye makeup, contact lenses and cleaning solutions.
  • Do not share towels or eye solution with others.
  • Do not use contact lenses or eye makeup until symptoms are gone.
  • Avoid touching your eyes.
  • Wash your hands immediately after touching your face or wiping your eyes.
  • Clean your eyelashes gently with a warm wet compress.
  • Wash out your eyes several times per day.
    • Use saline eyewash.
  • Use eye drops as directed by your doctor.
  • Children may return to school after:

Eye Infection with Bacteria Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have bacterial conjunctivitis and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Nov 29, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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