FAQ - Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
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why is adenoviral keratoconjunctivitis resistant to topical antivirals?


I don't know that it is resistant but i do know there is no proven clinical benefit. That may simply mean that there are no safe topical agents to use that close to the eye so testing hasn't been done.  (+ info)

my hair is dry and i have seborrhea sicca i don't know what to do with it?


you have what??? never heard of that - look on google  (+ info)

Does anyone have any suggestions to relieve the dryness of the mouth and eyes that is caused by Sicca Syndrome?


I have had a dryness, irritated feeling in the middle of my tongue for almost 4 years. Several months ago my eyes started feeling very dry and uncomfortable, yet tearing at the same time. After several doctor and dentist visits, a Rhemotoligist has diagnosed me with "Sicca Syndrome. I was prescribed a medication for this, and it helped some, but is extremely costly. I am on several other very necessary medications, for other conditions I have, so am on a very limited budget. Chewing gum seems to help, but the minute I stop, it returns, therefore have a hard time sleeping as well...can't chew while I sleep,and doesn't help the eye problem. Also, when I get very severe flair-ups, it puts me into another fatique condition I have. I have also tryed ice chips, sore throat sprays, etc. Can anybody help. Thanx
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There is a mouthrinse called biotene, There are Rx meds called evoxac or cyclosporine and genteel eye ointment for overnight or refresh. Hope this helps, ask doc... or dentist..  (+ info)

Anyone who knows anything about eye infections out there?


I just got back from my eye doctor who said I have epidemic keratoconjunctivitis or EKC. She was very unprofessional about it, and was yelling at me to not touch anything, she also new nothing about it at all. She said I have white dots on my cornea. I looked it up online and it said it;s pink eye. Is this what I have? Or do you know anything about this at all? I[m confused, she didn't know what it could be caused by, what to do to treat it, or anything at all.. Thanks in advanced everyone.
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I just looked it up on webmd.com and from what they say about it is that it is pink eye. They suggest you use a precribed eye drop or ointment to clear it up. If your doctor does not know about this, then I think you need to see a Ophthalmologist. Not just any eye doctor. However, your eye doctor should have known what pink eye is. So I would find a new doctor. Good luck.  (+ info)

Giant papillary conjunctivitis or vernal keratoconjunctivitis?


I went to the eye doctor today because of red itchy eyes, white stringy discharge, and itching behind the eyelids. He looked behind the top of my eyelids and said I have GPC, and prescribed steroid drops and mast cell stabilizer drops. I am a contact lens wearer. I forgot to mention to him that I also nowadays have itchy skin on other parts of my body (due to dry air or mild atopic dermatitis -- it goes away very quickly if I control my scratching--and the skin on my face is totally fine) -- I thought it was unrelated to the conjunctivitis. Now I see that there is a type of conjunctivitis that goes with atopic dermatitis. How can I tell if it's GPC or VKC? Do I just have to wait and see after I try contacts again after the month long treatment?
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call the eye doctor and ask. the treatment for the eye symptoms may be the same for either condition.  (+ info)

What kind of specialist should you be seeing if you have:?


Sicca Syndrome, Choronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Joint pain?
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Probably a Rheumatologist but you may get much better sugestions Your own family DR can refer you  (+ info)

Need contact help...?


Ok, well I've got some Acuvue OASYS, which work for me because I have Keratoconjunctivitis sicca, or dry eye syndrome. My problem with them is that I just can't get them in! I've gotten my parents (Who use them too) to try and help me, but after hours I cannot get one to stay. My eyes do not open very wide, but I have gotten contacts in, about a year ago (I'm not asian), and it took 15 minutes. Granted that was with an eye specialist. So any tips that can help me get them in easily? My parents say it's my eyelashes that are touching the contact before it can touch my eye. (I'm not trimming them, to feminine X_X)

Thanks...
Ok, thanks alot! I'll give you best answer when I can. I'll add more details later when I try your method, resting my eyes from hours of trudgery right now.
Ok, I've got another dilema that I'm probally just doing something wrong with. Using your technique I get it open wide enough, but when I gently touch it against my eye, it doesn't do anything, and I've got it to stick once, but I guess I batted my eyes too fast and it came out.
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This is a common problem for beginner contact wearers. It took me literally 1 hour to get one of mine in the first time I did it by myself. First thing to do is relax.

If the problem is your eyelashes, gently push both sets of lashes back along with your lids, so that your eyeball is as wide as possible. Even if you have narrow eyes, it will become significantly wider.

Use the muscles around your eye to widen it, as if making a surprised expression. This will keep you from blinking, and pop in the contact with another hand. It'll probably take a few tries.

If all still fails, you can go to any vision center and ask the employees there for help (Walmart ones are always good). The trick is to just push your lids apart along with your eyelashes. As long as you're gentle it will not harm your eye.  (+ info)

Need a medical opinion/diagnosis - Possible Herpes Zosters (Shingles)?


My girlfriend is extremely stubborn and idiotic in that she absolutely REFUSES to go get checked out by a doctor for whatever reason...I've given up on trying and then fighting with her, so I'm just doing my best to find a possible diagnosis online.

Here's her stats:

19 years old Khmer (Cambodian), 200lb., 5'2", physically inactive, unhealthy living habits.

First symptom was a complaint about a pain in her left eye. She believed it felt like something had gotten in her eye, but we tried everything from blowing in her eye to using eye drops. She rubs her eye despite me strongly admonishing her, and it continues to hurt for about three days...at this point I'm not quite sure if this is related or not to her possible Zosters, but I'm putting it up just to be safe.

I tell her to use a sleeping mask when she sleeps, as to retain more moisture in her eyes. This was a month ago or so (?). Then, about two weeks ago, she starts to complain about general discomfort with that same eye. For some reason, every morning when she wakes up, her left eye accumulates unusually excessive amounts of rheum/ground (eye-sand). There doesn't seem to be any pus, but I haven't examined it thoroughly. A little after that, she starts complaining that there seems to be tiny bumps appearing on the same eyelid. There is no pain or soreness whatsoever, she says they feel just like bumps that itch randomly.

This morning, I happened to glance at her eye and became alarmed. The severity of the bumps had spread. When looking at it head-on it's not as noticeable, but from the side it looks pretty obvious, and I'm starting to get seriously worried. Still no pain, but the bumps are starting to look like they MIGHT become blisters similar to that of Herpes Zosters.

Now, I know a lot of the symptoms differ from that of Zosters. She has no enlarged/swollen nerve clusters on her neck or head, I checked myself. The timetable doesn't seem to fit either. However, I myself had an outbreak of it a couple of years back during high school, and it's something I'll likely never forget. The physical similarity and the fact that it only appeared on one eye lid (hence only one side of the body) just uncannily reminds me of that ordeal.

I've tried to do some research though, and honestly I can't seem to find anything else that fits. Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eyes) seem to be the only other thing I can think of that fits everything except the bumps on her eyelid. She did score a 16 on the McMonnies & Ho dry eye questionnaire, but again, the bumps don't fit in anywhere.

On the off-chance it may matter, she has been having unusual menstruations. They last for long periods of times, sometimes up to a whole month, and it's been going on for more than...3 months I'd say?

I can't think of anything else right now, but please, if anyone can help, I'd really appreciate it. Thank you, and I'll try my best to pull her into a clinic or something.
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what does * polymyositis* mean ?


This is in reguards of a autoimmume disorder Secondary Sjogren's syndrome is accompanied by other autoimmune disorders, such as systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, vasculitis, or polymyositis. Sjogren's syndrome that affects only the eyes is called sicca compllex
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Microbilogy.. Bacteria and viruses?


Which of the following is not transmitted by the respiratory route?
6) _______
A) Cold sore
B) Chickenpox
C) Smallpox
D) German measles
E) None of the above

7)
Which of these is not caused by herpesvirus?
7) _______
A) Shingles B) Keratoconjunctivitis C) Smallpox D) Chickenpox E) None of the above

8)
Thrush and vaginitis are caused by
A) Chlamydia trachomatis. B) Candida albicans. C) Herpesvirus. D) Streptococcus pyogenes. E)Staphylococcus aureus.

9) The greatest single cause of blindness in the world is
A) Keratoconjunctivitis. B) Pinkeye. C) Trachoma. D) Neonatal gonorrheal ophthalmia. E) Inclusion conjunctivitis.

10) Which of the following is not a cause of ringworm?
A) Tinea capitis B) Epidermophyton C) Trichophyton D) Microsporum E) None of the above

11) Newborns' eyes are treated with an antibiotic when
A) Always. B) The mother is blind. C) N. gonorrhoeae is isolated from the eyes. D)
The mother has genital herpes. E) The mother has gonorrhea.

12) A possible complication of herpetic keratitis is
A) Fever blisters. B) Encephalitis. C) Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis. D) Congenital rubella syndrome. E) None of the above.

13) Which of the following is sensitive to penicillin?
A) Herpesvirus B) Chlamydia C) Candida D) Pseudomonas E) Streptococcus

14) Which region of the skin supports the largest bacterial population?
A) Forearms B) Axilla C) Scalp D) Legs E) All are equal

15) Which infection is caused by S. aureus?
A) Sty B) Furuncle C) Pimples D) Carbuncle E) All of the above

16) Which of the following is not a characteristic used to identify S. pyogenes?
A) Group A cell wall antigen B) Group M proteins C) Beta-hemolytic D) Coagulase-positive E) None of the above

17) Which of the following is not a causative agent of conjunctivitis?
A) Neisseria gonorrhoeae B) Chlamydia trachomatis C) Adenovirus D) Herpes simplex E) Hemophilus aegyptii
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