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Antibiotics little affect on conjunctivitis recovery

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Most patients with acute infective conjunctivitis recover within seven days, regardless of whether they receive antibiotics or not, according to Oxford University researchers.

They reviewed three trials involving 622 patients and found 80% of those who received antibiotics and 74% of those who did not were cured at day seven.

The authors said: “Topical antibiotics are of limited benefit in acute infective conjunctivitis.”

Patients with purulent discharge and mild severity of red eye benefitted most from antibiotics.

  • British Journal of General Practice (2011) 61: 550-551
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