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I had bacterial conjunctivitis about a month ago, and I

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Hi I had bacterial conjunctivitis about a month ago, and I visited a doctor who gave me antibiotic drops to take. I took them for several weeks and my eyes cleared up, apart from occasional red eye and crusting when I woke up in the morning, however I just wore contacts for the first time since having conjunctivitis and after two days of use I woke up with my eyes red and crusted together. Should I get more medication? I am staying at a dorm and my eye drops got thrown out so I don't remember the name of the medication.

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Yes this is likely another bacterial infection from wearing contact lenses.
You will need to wash the contact lenses well in antibacterial solution.
Also you will need to get antibiotic eye drops like erythromycin or ciprofloxacin to be used 6 times daily for 5 days.
Environmental allergies are another possibility.
That can also cause persistent redness, itching and crusting.
This can be treated with antihistamine eyes drops like Ketotifen after completing the antibiotic eye drop course.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I use the daily contacts, so they are new each day and I throw them away after every use. Does that affect it? How do I go about getting those antibiotic drops?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm studying abroad from the US to London so I'm not fully aware of the processes here, and I didn't want to pay any more to see a doctor again because it was expensive

One possibility can be allergic reaction to contact lens material.
Antibiotic eye drop will require prescription from your doctor.
Ketotifen eye drops should be available over the counter.
Yo can start with ketotifen first as allergies will respond well to that.
If no improvement in next 2-3 days, then you will need to contact your doctor for antibiotic eye drops.
Best wishes

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Strange, I've been using these contacts for several years with no problems. I don't think it's the contacts causing the problems. Could it be an environmental issue?

Yes most likely.
Environmental change due to the higher allergens in the air can cause similar symptoms.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Okay, that does make sense because I have been living somewhere new for the past couple months. Thank you for your help. I will try the allergy eye drops

Very welcome
Best wishes

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