Conjunctivitis

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Antibiotic Eye Drops Often Unhelpful for Pinkeye

Doctors often prescribe antibiotic eye drops to people with conjunctivitis, or pinkeye, even though they are almost always ineffective, a new study found.

About 80 percent of cases of pinkeye are caused by a virus, and there is no treatment for viral conjunctivitis. Most bacterial conjunctivitis is mild and will get better in a week or two without treatment. Antibiotics are effective only in the much smaller number of cases that involve the bacteria that cause gonorrhea or chlamydia.

In a retrospective study of 340,372 people with conjunctivitis, 58 percent received prescriptions for antibiotic eye drops.

About 83 percent of people in the study were given a diagnosis…

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