Conjunctivitis: Can antibiotics help?
Simple cases of conjunctivitis often clear up within ten days, even without any treatment. If the conjunctivitis is caused by , antibiotic eye drops or creams can help make it go away a bit faster. If it's caused by a , don't help.
Conjunctivitis is often caused by germs such as viruses or . The symptoms of viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are very similar, making it difficult to tell them apart. Doctors generally don't test to see which germs are causing the . But many prescribe antibiotic eye drops or creams just in case, even though these medications are only effective against .