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Topical antibiotic drops and ointment formulations are the usual known cures for an acute type of conjunctivitis commonly known as sore eyes, the pink eye or pinkeye. Corticosteroids like the dexamethasone tablet have been known as treatment for allergy s

Conjunctivitis refers to the inflammation of the conjunctiva – the delicate mucous membrane of the eyes that line the back surface of the eyelids and except for the cornea, the front surface of the eyeball. It is characterized by swelling and redness of the eye. Conjunctivitis can be a cause of injury, allergy or infection. An acute form of conjunctivitis is pinkeye, also known as the pink eye and sore eyes. It can be bacterial or viral in origin. Depending on the cause, sticky fluid or even pus can be discharged from an infected eye.

Sore eyes or pink eye is contagious. It affects men, women and children of all ages. While Gonorrheal origins of conjunctivitis can be a lot serious as this can affect the cornea that may lead to blindness, most types of conjunctivitis can be remedied by hygienic measures and with the use of topical antibiotic drops and eye ointments.

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Topical antibiotic drops such as Maxitrol (Alcon) and eye ointment as Terra-Cortril (Pfizer) are usually prescription drugs. Upon use, these treatments work within four days the least. However, while most sore eyes remedies cannot be re- used in the future, these can be expensive too. Some people would buy a corticosteroid tablet instead of topical antibiotic drops or ointments.

But, can a dexamethasone tablet treat sore eyes?

Dexamethasone for eye allergic symptoms

Eye allergy symptoms include tearing, itching and redness. Antihistamines like the FGA or First Generation Antihistamines (chlorphenamine, diphenhyramine) and the SGA or Second Generation Antihistamines (loratadine, cetirizine, desloratadine) are always the first choice but, if these medications fail or too slow to work, corticosteroids can be an option. Therapy with a corticosteroid has been proved of great value to allergic eye conditions and for various chronic inflammations.

Corticosteroids can work wonders. It can relieve symptoms faster but these have cons too. Prolonged or frequent use of a corticosteroid like dexamethasone can result to bone brittleness or osteoporosis, moon face or cushing's syndrome, cataracts and other unpleasant side effects.

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Dexamethasone as cure for Pinkeye

As a corticosteroid, dexamethasone can suppress the inflammation and even eliminate the redness of the eyes. However, dexamethasone is not an anti-infective. It won’t cure the disease. More to this, corticosteroids can weaken the body’s immune system. The use of dexamethasone alone can trigger invitation for more microbes that can make the infection worse. Bacteria, fungi and viruses have all been proved to cause more damage to a corticosteroid treated eye than to an untreated eye.

Topical pink eye remedies can be in combination forms. And combination types include a corticosteroid (normally dexamethasone) but with an antibiotic (gentamycin, oxytetracycline, tobramycin). While the antibiotic fights the infection, the corticosteroid relieves the swelling or inflammation of the eye. A corticosteroid, alone cannot be good choice for an acute conjunctivitis as sore eyes.

Important:

Most countries do not practice medical ethics. They have their own reasons. Prescription drugs except for the dangerous and regulated types can be bought as OTC medications. If you cannot consult a registered physician, ask assistance to any medical experts. Different colored tablets or capsules may seem harmless as little children’s candies. Yet medications have active ingredients that may not be good for you. Do not hesitate to ask information and better yet, stop self-medication especially in cases of severe medical issues. Finally, this article is solely for info, not a medical recommendation.

© Phoenix Montoya @ July 18, 2011

References:

PPDr 5th Edition

Nursing Care in the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders by Havener, Saunders, Keith and Prescott

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