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Acute Hemorrhagic Conjunctivitis Medication

  • Author: George Plechaty, MD; Chief Editor: Hampton Roy, Sr, MD  more...
 
Updated: Mar 20, 2015
 
 

Medication Summary

Symptomatic treatment to make the patient as comfortable as possible is recommended. In the laboratory, benzimidazole agents have been shown to inhibit viral cultures in vitro, but this has not been tested clinically.

Treatment remains symptomatic only (eg, warm compresses); steroids are contraindicated and antibiotics are not needed except in the presence of bacterial superinfection.

A recent study by Jun et al may lead to a medication using antiviral small-interfering RNA to decrease viral replication and thus shorten the course of the symptoms and disease.[21]

 
Contributor Information and Disclosures
Author

George Plechaty, MD Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Ophthalmology, University of Hawaii, John A Burns School of Medicine

George Plechaty, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Ophthalmology

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Specialty Editor Board

Simon K Law, MD, PharmD Clinical Professor of Health Sciences, Department of Ophthalmology, Jules Stein Eye Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine

Simon K Law, MD, PharmD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, American Glaucoma Society

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Christopher J Rapuano, MD Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University; Director of the Cornea Service, Co-Director of Refractive Surgery Department, Wills Eye Hospital

Christopher J Rapuano, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Ophthalmological Society, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists, International Society of Refractive Surgery, Cornea Society, Eye Bank Association of America

Disclosure: Serve(d) as a director, officer, partner, employee, advisor, consultant or trustee for: Cornea Society, Allergan, Bausch & Lomb, Bio-Tissue, Shire, TearScience, TearLab<br/>Serve(d) as a speaker or a member of a speakers bureau for: Allergan, Bausch & Lomb, Bio-Tissue, TearScience.

Chief Editor

Hampton Roy, Sr, MD Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Hampton Roy, Sr, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Ophthalmology, American College of Surgeons, Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology

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Additional Contributors

Fernando H Murillo-Lopez, MD Senior Surgeon, Unidad Privada de Oftalmologia CEMES

Fernando H Murillo-Lopez, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Ophthalmology

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Acknowledgements

The authors and editors of Medscape Reference gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Ryan I Huffman, MD, with the literature review and referencing for this article.

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