Herpes Virus Of The Eyelid

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How can I help an eyelid ulcer heal?
    I have an ulcer inside my eyelid - not on the cornea, on the eyelid itself. I've been prescribed Chlorosig eyedrops which I've been using for four days, but they haven't made any difference as yet.

    Is there anything else I should be doing to give it the best chance to heal quickly? I'm not having a lot of joy finding information on the net, because nearly everything I find is about peptic ulcers.

    • ANSWER:
      Chlorosig is a strong antibiotic, chloramphenicol. It is used against bacteria, but not viruses.
      SInce you have not responded to it, the doctor may consider the possibility of a herpes ulcer.
      These are fairly common.
      The treatment is an antiviral ointment such as Viroptic and oral meds such as Zovirax.
      If you are not seeing an ophthalmologist you should do so, because the virus can spill onto the eye and cause an infection there also.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the likelyhood in contracting herpes in the eye?
    My boyfriend has herpes type 1 and kissed me on the eyelid, sorry not trying to be gross but there was spit on my eye and i wiped it off and may have gotten some inside me eye? Please help im really worried

    • ANSWER:
      You may have gotten it, maybe not.

      Herpes is highly contagious. The fluid in the sore contains millions of viruses. It can be cross infected to the eyelid, in the eye itself, or anywhere else it is cross-contaminated to.

      BE CAREFUL. Wash hands frequently during outbreaks, don't cross contaminate the fluids anywhere. Don't have sex during outbreaks, and have safe sex in between.

  3. QUESTION:
    My friend has cold sores and can anyone answer my question?
    So my friend has cold sores and recently while we were talking he accidentally spit on my eyelid, a very tiny drop. And the cold sores weren't present then but I'm wondering if anyone knows if I can get ocular herpes from this. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there.Cold sores are most infectious when the blisters are newly formed, that is for the first 1-2 days of an outbreak. This is the best time to swab a cold sore if laboratory confirmation of the diagnosis is required. Once the sore has formed a dry scab, infectivity is low and HSV usually cannot be recovered from the sore at this stage.

      Transmission
      Spread occurs by close physical contact between an infected and a previously uninfected person. Infection is most commonly acquired as a baby or infant from contact with relatives (kissing). The source does not always have typical cold sore symptoms at the time of transmission. For instance, virus is often shed from the saliva before or while the blisters are present. It is also possible to shed infectious virus particles without lesions or symptoms. When the virus is transmitted, the newly infected person is usually asymptomatic but may occasionally get symptoms of a primary infection around and inside the mouth (gingivostomatitis) lasting up to three weeks
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  4. QUESTION:
    Could Someone Get Eye Herpes From Using A Lipstick And Then Using It As A Eyelid Primer?
    If someone uses a lipstick and maybe they had a outbreak and then used the lipstick on their eyelid maybe 5 min later as a eyeshadow base, could they contract eye heroes that way? Please actual answers. Not weird links that don't exist.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it's poss; herpes does attack the area around the eyes.

      And ppL can "self-infect" themselves, ie, touch infected genitals, touch a drinking glass, then drink from the glass and get the herpes orally.

      But afaik, herpes viruses dont live long unless in a moist area.

  5. QUESTION:
    Should I worry about my daughter getting roseola?
    On Friday night, I was over at my sisters house for my nephews birthday party.

    I was talking to my sister two days ago and she told me my neice was fussy (She is 6 months old).
    Well, I just found out now that my neice has roseola. My daughter is 4 months old and on Friday we were taking pictures of the two of them side by side.....

    If my daughter was going to get it, would she have gotten it by now? If not, what do I look for? She goes for her 4 month needle next week, will she be ok to get that?

    Thanks for all your help :)

    • ANSWER:
      If your child is exposed to someone with roseola and becomes infected with the virus, it generally takes a week or two for signs and symptoms of infection to appear if they appear at all. It's possible to become infected with roseola but have signs and symptoms too mild to be readily noticeable. Signs and symptoms may include:

      Fever. Roseola typically starts with a sudden, high fever often greater than 103 F. Some children may also have a slightly sore throat or a runny nose along with or preceding the fever. Your child may also develop swollen glands in his or her neck along with the fever. The fever lasts for three to seven days.
      Rash. Once the fever subsides, a rash typically appears but not always. The rash consists of many small pink spots or patches. These spots are generally flat, but some may be raised. There may be a white ring around some of the spots. The rash usually starts on the chest, back and abdomen and then spreads to the neck and arms. It may or may not reach the legs and face. The rash, which isn't itchy or uncomfortable, can last from several hours to several days before fading.
      Other signs and symptoms of roseola may include:

      Fatigue
      Irritability in infants and children
      Mild diarrhea
      Decreased appetite
      Swollen eyelids

      Roseola is a generally mild infection that usually affects children between 6 months and 3 years of age, though it occasionally affects adults. It's extremely common so common, in fact, that most children have been infected by roseola by the time they enter kindergarten.

      Two common strains of the herpes virus cause roseola. The condition typically causes several days of fever, followed by a rash.

      Some children develop only a very mild case of roseola and never show any clear indication of illness, while others experience the full range of signs and symptoms. The infection can occur at any time of the year.

      Roseola typically isn't serious. Rarely, complications from a very high fever can result. Treatment of roseola includes bed rest, fluids and medications to reduce fever.

  6. QUESTION:
    Can a person previously diagnosed to have nephrotic syndrome regressed to kidney malfunction?

    • ANSWER:
      Nephrotic syndrome can be caused by a number of different diseases. The common mechanism which seems to cause damage involves the immune system. For some reason, the immune system seems to become directed against the person s own kidney. The glomeruli become increasingly leaky as various substances from the immune system are deposited within the kidney. A number of different kidney disorders are associated with nephrotic syndrome, including:
      minimal change disease or MCD (responsible for about 80% of nephrotic syndrome in children, and about 20% in adults) MCD is a disorder of the glomeruli
      focal glomerulosclerosis
      membranous glomerulopathy
      membranoproliferative glomerulonephropathy Other types of diseases can also result in nephritic syndrome. These include diabetes, sickle-cell anemia, amyloidosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, sarcoidosis, leukemia, lymphoma, cancer of the breast, colon, and stomach, reactions to drugs (including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, lithium, and street heroine), allergic reactions (to insect stings, snake venom, and poison ivy), infections (malaria, various bacteria, hepatitis
      B, herpes zoster, and the virus which causes AIDS), and severe high blood pressure. The first symptom of nephrotic syndrome is often foamy urine. As the syndrome progresses, swelling (edema) is noticed in the eyelids, hands, feet, knees, scrotum, and abdomen. The patient feels increasingly weak and fatigued. Appetite is greatly decreased. Over time, the loss of protein causes the muscles to become weak andsmall (called muscle wasting). The patient may note abdominal pain and difficulty breathing. Because the kidneys are involved in blood pressure regulation, abnormally low or abnormally high blood pressure may develop.

  7. QUESTION:
    Can Lagophthalmos be cause by herpes zoster (shingles)?
    I've been searching as to why I sleep with my eyes open and have discovered it could be lagophthalmos. I've also heard herpes zoster mentioned along with it but have not been able to find out the connection if any (After much googling). I ask because the first time I was told I sleep with my eyes open was shortly after I had recovered from shingles. I had been sharing a room with my brother for years before that so, if my eyes were open when I slept prior to having shingles I would have found out much sooner. Thank you so much for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      The question is whether you can blink properly during the day. What does your eye doctor say?

      Just found this one:

      "Facial nerve. The facial nerve (seventh cranial nerve) innervates both the frontalis muscle, which raises the eyebrow, and the orbicularis oculi muscle, which closes the eyelids. Loss of function of the facial nerve inhibits eyelid closure as well as the blink reflex and the lacrimal pumping mechanism. In addition, the facial nerve innervates the muscles of facial expression including the zygomaticus muscles, which elevate the cheeks as well as the corrugator supercilii and procerus muscles, which depress the eyebrow. These muscles play an important role in maintaining facial symmetry. Facial nerve weakness may result from a host of causes:

      Trauma. The facial nerve is susceptible to blunt trauma or laceration along its bony course. Fractures to the skull base (petrous portion of the temporal bone) or mandible can damage the nerve or one of its branches. Neurosurgical procedures present additional risk.
      Cerebrovascular accidents. The facial nerve receives its blood supply from the anterior inferior cerebellar artery. It is most susceptible to ischemic damage just proximal to the geniculate ganglion.
      Bell s palsy. This is an idiopathic facial nerve palsy that is thought to be associated with an acute viral infection or reactivation of herpes simplex virus.
      Tumors. Acoustic neuromas in the cerebellopontine angle and metastatic lesions are most commonly associated with lagophthalmos. MRI with gadolinium best characterizes the mass.
      Infectious, immune-mediated causes. Less common causes of lagophthalmos include Lyme disease, chickenpox, mumps, polio, Guillain-Barr syndrome, leprosy, diphtheria and botulism.
      M bius syndrome. This rare, congenital condition is characterized by cranial nerve palsies (especially sixth and seventh cranial nerve palsies), motility disturbances, limb anomalies and orofacial defects."

      Idiopathic means they have no clue, which is true for Bell's Palsy as well as your condition. Herpes zoster is present all the time once you have had chickenpox, but not everyone gets shingles. The good news is that Bell's Palsy generally goes away after some months, so possibly your problem will also. (Google it.) But meanwhile, be sure you use the artificial tears or ointment recommended for people with LPH, to protect your corneas.

  8. QUESTION:
    other ways to help my eye?
    Hi, I have (what I think is) a stye, but it isnt on the eyelid edge :S its on the bottom lid inside it. It's really big and I think its infected (its all yellow). I got some antibiotics from a pharmacy even though no-one actually looked at it. And I'm putting some warm saltwater on it. Is there anything else I can do to reduce the swelling and the pain ?

    • ANSWER:
      You should not get antibiotics without having seen the doctor first, they may not be the correct product for the issue you are having. Do not use salt water, but warm compresses 4 times a day for about 10 minutes at a time. If the swelling is not going down, you may need to go to the doctor to have the stye lanced. Also, if you are prone to cold sores, you can transmit the herpes virus that causes them to your eye by rubbing if you have touched a sore, another reason to get it checked by the doctor, as ocular herpes is a virus, not a bacterial infection, and can cause similar symptoms. Do not use salt water!

  9. QUESTION:
    Please help, My cat recently had herpes in her eye, it went away but now her 3rd eyelid is showing?
    She went to the vet, there was no scaring in her eye. She was treated for Herpes after her eye got all red and she was sneezing then and is still sneezing now. She took a nap today and she was fine, but once she woke up her 3rd eyelid is now covering half her eye! What should I do I don't have money for the emergency clinic....

    • ANSWER:
      The herpes virus is very common in cats. One home remedy is to give the cat lysine on the food. Lysine is an amino acid, it bonds with the virus and negates it. We use it a lot with the FIV cats, who seem to get bouts of this all the time. We see huge improvement in 3 days, but treat for a week.

      The vitamin section of the grocery store will have a generic lysine (sometimes called L-lysine), for around a bottle for the pills. Crush 250 - 500mg and put it on the food. It's tasteless. Don't get the gel caps, cats hate the taste on those.

      And yes, check back with your vet about this to verify, don't just take random advice off the internet. A cat on lysine has reduced problems with the herpes virus. If you overdose, the excess is excreted by the cat, there's no problem with it interfering with his body or other medications. Lysine won't help if your cat has the calci virus (another one that causes eye problems), that one requires an eye ointment and you need to treat for 14 days with that.

  10. QUESTION:
    My 7 month old kitten suddenly has a cloudy eye?
    She seemed perfectly fine this morning. Then around 8p.m. I threw one of her toys and she didn't care. It was totally unlike her. She looked at me though and her one eye was squinting so I took a closer look and her eye had that third eyelid like halfway covering it. So I didn't know what to do. Like a half an hour later her eye was open again almost to normal so I was relieved until the light caught it and I realized her eye is cloudy. It looks like she has a film over it. The area under her eye is slightly puffy looking but I can't tell if it's because she's squinting a little bit or if it's because it's actually swollen. She also seems a little disoriented, like I set her down and she stood there with a wide stance looking around.
    My dad said to wipe her eye with a warm, damp cloth. It did nothing for her. Her eye isn't even tearing, but he was adamant about it. He told me to do it about 15 times before I just did it. Idk what to do there are no vets open at this time. She seems really zapped for energy, hasn't even played tonight, it's unlike her. When I pick her up she seems like she could fall asleep. She does like to be held and is very tame, but she normally looks around. I'm really worried, reading stuff on the internet. What if she has a tumor!? My poor little baby!! She's the best chunky kitten in the world, so lovable and affectionate. I never had a cat that's as sweet as her, she's perfect. Could it just be that she got something in her eye like soap? Or maybe she scratched it? I mean it seems to have happened out of the blue, its weird. Please tell me what you know.

    • ANSWER:
      The cornea may be damaged (feline herpes--not contageous to people--trauma, bacterial/other viral infections, congenital anomaly, etc.) or the pupil (uveitis) may be involved. It can be Feline leukemia virus, feline immunodeficiency virus, feline infectious peritonitis, toxoplasma, etc. It is time to run a few tests to determine the source and cause.

      Depending on the cause, treatment may or may not be effective. Unfortunately, It can't be determined this without actually personal examining your pet, so please see your veterinarian.

  11. QUESTION:
    Why would someone's pupils be different sizes?
    My husband recently went to the optometrist, and now he has to see an ophthalmologist, because his pupils are suddenly different sizes. He was recently discovered, also, to have peripheral neuropathy and has pain and numbness in his feet and sometimes hands. He has to wait for 1 1/2 months to see the specialist, so any information or advice would be helpful! We are worried! p.s. He also plays ice hockey and has had many injuries, including concussions, in the past.

    • ANSWER:
      Enlargement of one pupil; Pupils of different size; Anisocoria

      Occasionally, differing pupil size is inherited and there is no underlying disorder. If other family members also have this condition, then pupil size is probably genetic and is nothing to worry about.

      At times, for unknown reasons, pupils may differ in size. If there are no other symptoms and if the pupils return to normal, then the temporary condition is nothing to worry about.

      Head injuries that cause differing pupil sizes are usually curable with early recognition of danger signs and medical treatment. Complications, however, can be life-threatening or cause permanent disability.

      Common Causes
      Bleeding inside the skull caused by head injury
      Brain tumor or abscess
      Infection of membranes around the brain caused by meningitis or encephalitis
      Expanding brain lesion such as an aneurysm
      Excess pressure in one eye caused by glaucoma
      Birth injury, tumor in the chest, or lymph-node pressure that may be accompanied by decreased sweating, a small pupil, or drooping eyelid all on the affected side

      I had a friend who had this condition but, it started in her 20's. They found that she had a small swollen area on a part of her brain. The Dr's told her that it was caused by one of the Herpes Viruses. She took an anti-viral medication that cleared it up & it never came back.

      I would advise going to a Neurologist to get a diagnosis. If you were born with this, then it just maybe an inherited condition but, otherwise go get it checked. Good luck!

  12. QUESTION:
    Mysterious Herpes-type Virus Defies Diagnosis... Help!?
    Hi Everyone,

    About 2 1/2 years ago, I had an oral sex exposure. About 2 weeks later, I felt very sore on one side of my foreskin, and I got a virus. Lowgrade fever, feeling run down a bit, and definite nerve-type pain in my lower back-- in the sacra-illiac area. There was no noticeable rash or bump on my foreskin, but the "invisible" rash was very sensitive and not something simple like a yeast infection. It should also be noted that I had no congestion, nor any of the symptoms associated with accute HIV syndrome such as swollen glands or body rashes, thank God. I also started feeling some tingling on the back of my left hand where my thumb met my index finger. Finally, I had a bump in my left eyelid. My eye felt strange (a new feeling), so I looked around and saw it.

    I went to an infectious disease expert. I explained that the exposure was oral. She looked at my genitals and wasn't concerned. She thought I was crazy to be worrying about HIV, but to put me at ease, she tested me for HIV and Herpes 1 and 2. The tests were negative. She did not test me for syphillis or gonorhea, as she said there was no cause. She essentially thought I was a worry wart (pardon the pun). Later on, in light of the symptoms I am about to tell you about, I forced her to test me for Herpes 1 and 2 again, but again, negative.

    The virus symptoms abated within a week or so. The bump in my eyelid went away in a week or two, as well, and never returned. The sore spot on my penis-- in this one spot about the sign of a pin head-- continued for about 3 weeks, then went away, and then returned a few times during the first year after the exposure (the only intercourse or oral sex I have had SINCE that date has been protected, and basically, while my penis never hurt on its own, the chafing against a condom-- and presumably against a woman, if it were unprotected-- caused pain in the exact spot from time to time over the first year.) After the first year, I never felt a pain on the side of my penis again.

    However, as the initial virus was starting to go away (about two weeks after exposure), the tingling on the back of my hand and along my thumb and index finger continued. I ended up getting one, single blister, on the side of my index finger. It never opened up and scabbed, but sorta filled and deflated a few times before finally just going away. Since then, there have been 5-7 occasions over the last 2 1/2 years where I experience these prodrome symptoms-- tingling on the back of my hand and on my thumb and index finger-- almost always when driving when my hand is in the sun or when my hands are feeling the wind from the windows down. The prodrome often ends with no blisters, but on 2 occasions since the initial infection, I have again developed one, single blister, just like the first time around-- the second time, on the back of the hand; the third time, halfway up the back of my forearm. And, each time, not only do I just get one, but it never opens and scabs, but rather inflates and deflates a few times before going away.

    To me, this SEEMS like a herpes virus. Initial pain at site of entry, then virus with the tell-tale lower back pain for a few days, prodrome symptoms which are set off by sunlight or wind and often, but not always, lead to a blister. On the other hand, I do not have herpes simplex 1 or 2 (according to blood tests) and I do not get a patch of blisters at the site of the infection (my penis). My penis, gratefully, has been spared. Instead, I get the single blisters on my left hand and arm. I've read about cross infection and I can't help but think I may have touched my penis with the virus on it with my left hand (which became infected) and then my left eye (which had one blister on the inside of the lid that one time).

    While I'm grateful to not have HHV 1 or 2, I'm very disturbed that I "appear" to have picked up a herpes virus not yet found and classified by doctors!! Since I don't know what it is, I don't know what to look for or how concerned to be about it! What if I'm getting lesions on my brain?? Why would the virus be infecting the upper body nerves, and should I be concerned that each single blister is moving from my extremities towards my trunk (from finger, to back of hand, to middle of forearm)?? One doctor once told me that, while their are 8 known herpes viruses now (1, 2, CMV, Parvo, Epstein Barr, HHV-6, etc), it is certainly possible that there are a few or even a dozon others not found yet. What would you do if you were me?? I LOVE my current girlfriend, by we cannot feel each other because I am afraid of what I may give her! ANY advice would be appreciated!! Especially by medical professionals!

    Thank you to all of you!!

    -m
    PS- I have read about herpetic whitlow (Herpes simplex virus that causes ulcers on fingers), and my single blisters don't look anything like that (they never ulcer over), plus I think herpetic whitlow has to be caused by HHV-1 or -2, which I test negative for. Nevertheless, I think it's a little weird that-- if this IS a herpes infection-- my occasional blister is never on a mucous membrane, like the mouth or genitals, but rather on the regular skin of the hand and arm. Has anyone experienced anything like this? Thanks again!

    • ANSWER:
      You need another doctor.

  13. QUESTION:
    Why are my pupils different sizes?
    im not on drugs or medication

    but more often then not they are different sizes

    what can cause this?

    • ANSWER:
      Enlargement of one pupil; Pupils of different size; Anisocoria

      Occasionally, differing pupil size is inherited and there is no underlying disorder. If other family members also have this condition, then pupil size is probably genetic and is nothing to worry about.

      At times, for unknown reasons, pupils may differ in size. If there are no other symptoms and if the pupils return to normal, then the temporary condition is nothing to worry about.

      Head injuries that cause differing pupil sizes are usually curable with early recognition of danger signs and medical treatment. Complications, however, can be life-threatening or cause permanent disability.

      Common Causes
      Bleeding inside the skull caused by head injury
      Brain tumor or abscess
      Infection of membranes around the brain caused by meningitis or encephalitis
      Expanding brain lesion such as an aneurysm
      Excess pressure in one eye caused by glaucoma
      Birth injury, tumor in the chest, or lymph-node pressure that may be accompanied by decreased sweating, a small pupil, or drooping eyelid all on the affected side

      I had a friend who had this condition but, it started in her 20's. They found that she had a small swollen area on a part of her brain. The Dr's told her that it was caused by one of the Herpes Viruses. She took an anti-viral medication that cleared it up & it never came back.

      I would advise going to a Neurologist to get a diagnosis. If you were born with this, then it just maybe an inherited condition but, otherwise go get it checked. Good luck!

  14. QUESTION:
    Potential eye disease symptom?
    My family and I have recently discovered that one of my cat's eyes has become different than the other. We never noticed before until now, thinking maybe it was just because he's sleepy. However, there's a noticable difference between them. The pupil is bigger than the other, seemingly always dilate compared to the other. Its color is thining out and a little glazed, out of sync from the other one.

    We're going tot ake him to the vet to check this out. I'm worried if this is a sign of a serious illness.

    • ANSWER:
      the only thing you can do is get him seen by your vet and see what he has to say he could have scratched it or there might be something in it or he has an infection any of these are treatable and should not be a threat to your cat as long as you have not just said the heck with and left it alone then it is a diferent but you are being a good owner and taking kitty to see your vet very good job on being a good kitty mommy.
      Cats can get a variety of eye problems including cat eye infections. They can get cat eye infections that involve the conjunctiva of the eye or infections that affect the uvea.
      When the conjunctiva is inflamed, it is called conjunctivitis. The conjunctiva (the thin tissue that lines the eyelid and covers the white of the eye) can also be inflamed or infected in cats. Conjunctivitis is a common cause for cat eye infections as some of the viruses that cause it are prevalent in young stray cats. The tissue can be come inflamed or infected for a variety of reasons including viral infections (such as herpes virus or calici virus), chlamydial eye infections, bacterial eye infections as well as other abnormalities. The common symptoms of cat eye infections from conjunctivitis include eye discharge, excessive tearing, blinking, squinting, and redness.
      Sometimes the cat will also want to rub at their eye
      The uvea is the anterior (front) part of the eye, which is the dark tissue of the eye that contains blood vessels. This type of inflammation is called anterior uveitis and has a variety of causes including infections from viruses, parasites, fungi, bacteria, and protozoa. Symptoms of cat eye infections from anterior uveitis include redness, tearing, squinting, and sometimes a cloudy color to the cornea
      Anterior uveitis is inflammation that affects the front or anterior part of the eye called the uvea, which is the dark tissue of the eye that contains blood vessels. The iris the tissue that makes up the pupil is typically involved. The posterior part of the eye may or may not be affected.

      The causes of anterior uveitis include:

      Immune mediated conditions in which the body attacks its own tissues

      Infections from viruses, parasites, fungi, bacteria, and protozoa

      Tumors or cancers

      Trauma or injury to the eye

      Metabolic disease elsewhere in the body that is affecting the eye

      Idiopathic, which means the cause is unknown

      Lens-induced, which is caused by the escape of lens protein into the eye fluid and is most frequently associated with cataracts

      The eyes of cats are affected by more viruses than other animals
      Such viruses include feline leukemia virus, feline immunodeficiency virus, and feline infectious peritonitis virus. The protozoal parasite, toxoplasmosis, is one of the most common causes of anterior uveitis in the cat.

      Older cats are more likely to have tumors and indoor/outdoor pets are more likely to be exposed to infectious causes than pets housed strictly indoors. Also, in certain regions of the world specific infectious diseases are more common.

      Anterior uveitis can be painful for your pet and may threaten vision. Just as important, this problem can also be a sign of a disease that is affecting the rest of the your pet's body.

      What to Watch For

      Redness

      Tearing

      Squinting, especially in bright light

      A small or unevenly shaped pupil

      A cloudy or dull appearance in the front of the eye

      An unevenly colored iris a normal yellow-green iris may be very red, develop brown areas or have spots within it

      Diagnosis

      Diagnostic tests are needed to recognize anterior uveitis, and exclude other diseases. Tests may include:

      Complete medical history and physical examination

      A complete examination of the eye with an ophthalmoscope, including the external portion, the front segment of the inside of the eye, and the back part of the eye.

      Tonometry, which is a measurement of pressure within the eye

      General blood tests, such as a complete blood count (CBC) and serum biochemical profile

      Specific blood tests for immune diseases, infectious agents or other systemic diseases

      Ultrasound, X-rays or aspirates, which are samples of fluid taken from inside the eye via a small needle

      Treatment

      Treatments for anterior uveitis may include symptomatic or specific therapy and surgical intervention:

      Symptomatic therapy, regardless of the cause of the anterior uveitis, is usually indicated. Topical treatments like drops or ointments placed on the eye and oral medications are designed to reduce pain and inflammation like treating a headache with aspirin regardless of what is causing the headache.

      Specific therapy is directed if a cause for the anterior uveitis has been determined. Appropriate topical and/or oral drugs are prescribed and may include an anti-fungal drug or a drug that reduces immune mediated inflammation.

      Surgical intervention. In situations where there is a tumor or secondary complications (such as glaucoma) that cannot be controlled with medications, surgery to remove the eye may be necessary.

      Home Care and Prevention

      It is important that you follow your veterinarian's instructions and learn to medicate your pet properly. It is not always easy to put medications into an animal's eye, but it is imperative the medications be given.

      Examine your pet's eyes every day and look for subtle changes. See your veterinarian for follow-up appointments to re-examine eye.

      You have some control over your pet's environment. Cats can be protected from many of the infectious diseases that cause anterior uveitis by keeping them indoors.

      Prevent trauma to eye; use caution when throwing balls or other objects.

  15. QUESTION:
    My cat has been diagnosed with Feline Herpes. Her symptoms were coughing, running nose and eyes.?
    The vet prescribed her Ensiyl(spelling). I called the vet yesterday to refill the medicine and to ask if her now runny nose and eyes are an issue. The vet said that she will have the runny nose and eyes forever, as it goes with the herpes. Does anyone else have experience with this? I trust my vet, but just looking for reassurance.

    • ANSWER:
      Rhinotracheitis is characterized by respiratory symptoms such as sneezing, nasal discharge, rhinitis (inflammation of the nose), and conjunctivitis (inflammation of the membrane lining the eyelid). It also affects the reproductive tract and can cause complications during pregnancy.

      Rhinotracheitis is part of the feline upper respiratory infection complex, which is a group of viral and bacterial infections (e.g., calicivirus, chlamydiosis) that cause sneezing and discharge from the eyes and nose. Cats often have two or more of these upper respiratory infections at the same time, and FHV-1 is one of the most common.

      Transmission
      FHV-1 is shed through the discharge from an infected cat's eyes, nose, and mouth. Contact with these secretions is a potential mode of transmission. The most common mode of transmission appears to be contact with contaminated objects that an infected cat has touched or sneezed on including cages, food and water bowls, litter trays, pet owner's clothing, and the pet owner's hands.

      FHV-1 can be transmitted by direct contact with an infected cat's mouth, nose, or eye discharge. Several days of close contact are necessary for infection to occur.

      Sneezing and coughing can spread the virus as far as 4 feet.

      Many cats that are infected with FHV-1 never completely get rid of the virus. These cats are known as latent carriers. Even though they may not show symptoms, they harbor the virus in their nerve cells. Latent carriers spread the infection and are a major source of new infections.

  16. QUESTION:
    how can i cure infected cat eyes before getting blind ?

    • ANSWER:
      Get some "Neosporin" antibiotic ointment,,,or generic Triple Antibiotic ointment.

      Put a BIG BLOB of it on your fingertip.
      Hold the eyelids open.
      And PRESS the ointment into the eye.

      You do not want to "wipe it in",,or try to spread it---your finger may contact the eyeball and damage/irritate it.

      As Terrible & Harsh a procedure as it sounds to be,,,it's immediately obvious that it is Soothing to the cat.

      ....................................
      Neosporin has a combination of 3 antibiotics,,,and they are Wide Range.
      They treat every bacterial infection that cat's eyes get.

      One Problem it WONT help help is a Herpes Virus infection.
      Which is common in cats.
      That condition needs professional care.

      If it's Herpes Related,,the Antibiotic will NOT show any effect except perhaps on any opportunistic BACTERIAL infection.

      But it will not Hurt/or make condition worse.

      Whether it's Bacterial or VIRAL,,,,,DO NOT use anything with steroids/cortisone,etc

      Those drugs have become popular additives to antibiotic creams & ointments.
      Such Products are usually labelled ,,"XYZ Ointment PLUS Cortisone" or something to that effect.

      Genuine NEOSPORIN brand has NO Steroids.

      .............................
      There is a Special Grade of antibiotic ointment for opthalmic use(Eyes).

      The Difference is that it's "Extra Sterile".
      It uses an additional ingredient,,Thimerosal---a mercuric compound that's an antibiotic itself,,but used as a preservative/"sterilizer"

      It's hard to get without a prescription,and it's Expensive

      If over-the-counter NON-Opthalmic Grade ointment is Sterile enough to put on an Open Wound on children in Direct Contact with their bloodstream,,,,,
      Or on a severe Burn which is about the most "Infectible" type of injury.......

      Then it's Sterile enough to put into a
      Pus-dripping,inflamed,bacteria pool growing in a animal's eye.

      Also Wipe some into the fur around the eye---don't bother trying to wash or clean the area.

      Cats,,get remarkably calm,,,you can feel them relax soon as the ointment touches their eye.
      Their eyes are "on fire" from the infection & the ointment is soothing.

      You can TRY VERY GENTLY to sorta squeegee some ointment under their eyelid with your finger---lift the lid and carefully wipe in the direction the lid opens.

      If cat wont allow that,,just skip it---no need to fight the animal and stress it .,,,and make it afraid from then on.
      You'll be smushing ointment into it's eyes several times a day for several days.
      The cat will HAPPILY accept that,,,IF You dont traumatize it in the beginning while trying to get the medicine applied

      Dont worry about the cat licking the stuff off it's paws.
      It's the same compound thats in capsules/Pills,,,in a "vaseline base"---same base as hairball medicine.
      Harmless,,,or maybe even Good if the cats gets a taste.

      Do it 2~3 times Daily,,for at least 3~4 days.
      a solid 5 days is better.

      If you do not see a Distinct & Definite improvement by 2nd day,,,,Take your cat to a Vet
      .......................................

      After you quit using the ointment,,,
      or if you must go to Vet and get Pills,,whatever,,,,,,
      After You are Finished using the Antibiotics ,,
      Feed the cat some plain,unflavored Yogurt for a few days to help re-establish the normal, beneficial bacteria in it's digestive system.

      Most Important:
      Whatever You do,,,Do it QUICK & Soon.
      The Condition can cause permanent damage "overnite".

      It would Not be Silly to go to Walmart TONIGHT and get some NEOSPORIN or Generic equivalent.
      Or,,1st thing tomorrow.

      You can go look around the 'net and verify what I'm telling you.

      Start your search with "Opthalmic Neosporin",,,
      "Opthalmic antibiotic ointment",,
      "Cat Eye Infection"

      ...................................
      Don't ever be afraid to LEARN something that can help YOU,Your Family,Your Pets,etc.

      Dont live in awe of Experts and self-proclaimed "gods & gurus" as having some divine ExclusiveRight to own knowledge.

      You may never be able to perform a surgical procedure under anesthesia at home with kitchen utensils.

      But I'm certain you can
      >screw the cap off a tube of antibiotic ointment,,,
      >squeeze a blob onto your finger,,
      >and smush it into your cat's eye.

      And Next time it happens you can treat it early,,
      and then with the next cat you get,,you'll know.
      And your friend's cat,,,your kid's cat some day,,and your grandkid's cat too.

      It's common for cats to have eye problems occasionally throughout their life.
      Whenever you see inflammation Beginning,,,
      or outa the ordinary eye-watering,,
      Act Early to treat it.

      If Cat is Not OBVIOUSLY Better over the next1~2 Days,,,
      Take it to the Vet.

      If it does not show continuous improvement daily,,
      and looks almost well in 4~5 days.
      In other words,,,if the healing/improvement seems to Stall or quit.
      Take it to the vet.

      Good Luck,,,hope it's nothing serious.

  17. QUESTION:
    My left eye is always foggy. What does that mean?
    It is weird my left eye is always foggy but I never had problems with my right eye. I had an eye exam and it checks out I had no problems with my eye. But they did mention I had lots of ulcers in my eyes.

    • ANSWER:
      do you feel as though there's a foreign body inside ur affected eye? if yes=the prob involves the surface of eye, eg: commonest cause is dry eye secondary to inflammation of the skin of the eyelids, chronic blepharitis.
      even if it's not foreign body, it could also be ulcer. is the ulcer affects peripheral cornea?=blepharitis. or is it central? ulcer affecting central cornea usu have history of dry eyes, contact lenses, and cause=bacterial. other causes of corneal ulceration=herpes simplex virus. u said ur left eye is foggy, if it means blurred vision, associate with headache/eye pain is migraine. (migraine pain always unilaterally)
      if it bothers you from doing ur job, u should see a doc...

  18. QUESTION:
    Could I have ocular herpes?
    Okay so recently I had a really high fever which usually follows with fever blisters under my nose, and yesterday my eye was itching a lot so I started rubbing my lower eyelid, and now I think I transmitted the herpes simplex virus to my lower eyelid and now I'm really scared....is it possible for me to get ocular herpes? What should I do?
    Also, little bumps are forming on my lower eyelid and I think there fever blisters

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    I think I gave myself ocular herpes!!!?
    Okay so recently I had a really high fever which usually follows with fever blisters under my nose, and yesterday my eye was itching a lot so I started rubbing my lower eyelid, and now I think I transmitted the herpes simplex virus to my lower eyelid and now I'm really scared....is it possible for me to get ocular herpes? What should I do?
    Little bumps are starting to appear on my lower eyelid, I think they are fever blisters

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    My mom has recently been diagnosed with Herpes. How to counter a Herpes outbreak and its recurrence .?
    My mom has recently been diagnosed with Herpes. It all started with she having a pain in her ear last week. she had a little bit of an head ache also since last week. She was being treated for an ear infection until these herpes lesions came up. She is 58 and now the doctors have kicked off the treatment. she has a lesion on her eyelid also. i have heard that the herpes virus always remains there in your body. is it true? she has a few other kidney ailments also..would it make her all the more prone to a herpes recurrence? i think it all depends on the immunity system so does it make old people all the more prone to a herpes recurrence. guys it wold be great if you people could share your herpes experience and the precautions taken to avoid a recurrence.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry to hear about that but there are lots of people out there that have herpes 1 in 4 sexually active people are infected with it. 50-80 percent of the population has oral herpes or what causes cold sores on the mouth.
      I'm thinking the ear infection may have caused some stress for her and triggered her out break.
      Once you have herpes it stays in the body for life but the out breaks do go away with or with out treatment. With out treatment it may take a little longer then normal. As for the lesion by the eye, she could try cold sore creams to help heal it. But if the sore is too close to the eyes then don't use them, just let it heal.
      It does depend on the immune system, if she has a stronger immune system then she can prevent out breaks on her own. She could take Lysine which is a natural antiviral, but she may want to check with a pharmacist before taking it, to see if it will cause any conflicts for her.

  21. QUESTION:
    Cat upper eyelid shows?
    Does anyone have a cat who had their upper eyelid showing specially when the cat looks up? I rescued a cat, and he seems to have that problem. He was just treated for a red eye, the vet thinks its herpes unless otherwise ruled out. The redness is all gone and it has been a week since he finished his meds.

    I am calling the vet tomorrow to double check why his eyelid is like this. It shows just a bit, i am not sure if its worth stressing him out for a vet visit because if he IS a herpes virus pet, any sort of stress will flair it.

    Any idea what it could be?

    • ANSWER:
      he could still be having the red eye thing

  22. QUESTION:
    What exactly is pink eye?
    and how would I keep from infecting others in my work/home environment.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Pinkeye (also called conjunctivitis) is redness and swelling of the conjunctiva, the mucous membrane that lines the eyelid and eye surface. The lining of the eye is usually clear. If irritation or infection occurs, the lining becomes red and swollen.Most cases of pinkeye are caused by:

      Infections caused by viruses or bacteria.
      Dry eyes from lack of tears or exposure to wind and sun.
      Chemicals, fumes, or smoke (chemical conjunctivitis).
      Allergies.

      Viral and bacterial pinkeye are contagious and spread very easily. Since most pinkeye is caused by viruses for which there is usually no medical treatment, preventing its spread is important. Poor hand-washing is the main cause of the spread of pinkeye. Sharing an object, such as a washcloth or towel, with a person who has pinkeye can spread the infection.

      Viral pinkeye is often caused by an adenovirus, which is a common respiratory virus that can also cause a sore throat or upper respiratory infection. The herpes virus can also cause viral pinkeye.

      Symptoms of viral pinkeye include:

      Redness in the white of the eye.
      Swelling of the eyelids.
      Itching or burning feeling of the eyelids.
      Swollen and tender areas in front of the ears.
      A lot of tearing.
      Clear or slightly thick, whitish drainage.

      Viral pinkeye symptoms usually last 5 to 7 days but may last up to 3 weeks and can become ongoing or chronic.

  23. QUESTION:
    Does NOT having any cold sores ever...?
    ... mean that you haven't engaged in oral sex? I realize that it is a herpes virus that creates a cold sore, but what I don't know is it's mode of transmission and wondered if it was done this particular way and so it manifested itself on the lip(s).

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes simplex is divided into two types HSV1 and HSV2 and they do not require sexual contact to transmit.

      Kissing someone would be enough to get infected, the virus is spread most easily when a sore is present can sometimes be passed on without a sore (asymptomatic shedding). The herpes simplex virus, is highly contagious and can be easily passed from person to person by close direct contact. Oral herpes is NOT an STD, and 50% to 80% of adults have it. It's usually caught as a child from kissing relatives.

      The strain of herpes simplex virus usually responsible for cold sores is known as HSV-1.
      The strain of herpes simplex virus usually responsible a genital infection is known as HSV-2

      There will not be any symptoms when a person first becomes infected with the herpes simplex virus, it remains dormant for most of the time.
      The virus can be activated by certain triggers, resulting in an outbreak of cold sores. These triggers vary from person to person but can include fatigue, an injury to the affected area or another infection, such as a cold or flu ( hence the name cold sore or fever blister).

      Individuals that participate in contact sports such as wrestling, rugby, and soccer sometimes acquire a condition caused by HSV-1 known as herpes gladiatorum, scrumpox, wrestler s herpes, or mat herpes, which presents as skin ulceration on the face, ears, and neck. Symptoms include fever, headache, sore throat and swollen glands. It occasionally affects the eyes or eyelids.

  24. QUESTION:
    what are the syptoms of hiv to fullblown AIDS?

    • ANSWER:
      The following are some of the symptoms that may serve as an indicator of HIV infection:

      Rapid weight loss

      Drying cough

      Recurring fever or profuse night sweats

      Profound and unexplained fatigue

      Swollen lymph glands in the armpits, groin, or neck

      Diarrhea that lasts more than one week

      White spots or unusual blemishes on the tongue, in the mouth, or in the throat

      Pneumonia

      Red, brown, pink, or purplish blotches on or under the skin or inside the mouth, nose, or eyelids

      Memory loss, depression, and other neurological disorders

      It is difficult to asses infection based solely on these symptoms alone, for every virus will affect each infected individual differently. Some may experience just a few of these symptoms while others may experience all of them. It is also difficult to associate some of these symptoms with a major problem like HIV infection. Things such as pneumonia, rapid weight loss, drying cough, or profound fatigue alone may not trigger the idea of HIV infection, as these symptoms could mean a number of different things. Because of this, it is beneficial to look at the more precise symptoms of the disease that occur inside the body as well as outside.

      Within 1-4 weeks of initial infection, some individuals may experience a primary HIV infection, acute retroviral syndrome. This infection would consist of fever, malaise, rash, arthralgias, and generalized lymphadenopathy that lasts from 3-14 days. This is followed by the seroconversion for the HIV antibody within anywhere from a few days to about 3 months, at which point the individual becomes an antibody-positive, asymptomatic carrier. While a person is infected with HIV they may experience ailments such as Leukopenia, anemia, and immune-mediated thrombocytopenia, symptoms that are not indicative of the development of AIDS.

      Those with HIV may also experience a slew of neurological symptoms. These neurological conditions are often signs of AIDS development. Some examples are peripheral neuropathy, myopathy, aseptic meningitis, and subacute encephalitis which can cause seizures, loss of sensory and motor function, memory loss, dementia, etc. Most commonly lost or damaged neurological functions are those involved in learning, attention, and the speed at which the individual can process information. Opportunistic infections, such as toxoplasmic encephalitis and tuberculosis, can also affect the brain. These infections are opportunistic because they take advantage of the comprised immune system of the carrier. Neoplasms of the brain can also occur.

      Anemia is an example of a hematological symptom (those involving the blood). These symptoms usually respond well to treatment and do not cause any significant problems in the infected individual. Anemia may cause weakness and fatigue, and profuse bleeding is generally not a problem.

      HIV/AIDS carriers often experience many different GI (gastrointestinal) symptoms. These include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, which aid in rapid weight loss and the lack of nutrition to the body that many sufferers of advanced AIDS face. Opportunistic infections often occur throughout the GI tract, including the esophagus, stomach, bowel, and oropharynx. The infections include herpes simplex, Salmonella, yeast infection, and lymphoma. Drug-associated conditions, such as pancreatitis and hepatitis, can also occur, making treatment difficult.

      The most commonly recognized symptoms of HIV/AIDS are the dermatologic symptoms. These are symptoms that can be seen on the skin and include Kaposi s sarcoma-- slightly elevated pink, purple or red papules or round/oval brown or purple plaques that appear on the skin. Rashes, lesions, ulcers and boils are also common symptoms associated with the skin.
      Those who suffer from HIV/AIDS also endure oral symptoms. Thrush, a type of yeast infection that generally lies on the back of the tongue, is the most common oral symptom. Other oral problems include oral hairy leukoplakia (large, white filform patches on the sides of the tongue), ulcers, and periodontal disease which can lead to severe gum disease, bleeding, and tooth loss. Sarcoma and lymphomas may also occur in the oral cavity. Pulmonary symptoms affect many carriers, with the most common being TB. The lungs are also susceptible to many opportunistic infections caused by fungi, as well as different types of bacterial pneumonia. Sarcoma and B-cell lymphoma can also invade the lungs. Symptoms do not differ much in men in women, aside from women having a higher risk for cervical problems as well as increased frequency in vaginal yeast infections. It may also be difficult to treat some STD s in women who are infected with HIV. Cardiovascular symptoms (such as cardiomyopathy with congestive heart failure) and renal insufficiency or nephritic syndrome can also be a source of severe disability in AIDS patients.AIDS itself has no symptoms. Because the immune system is devastated, disease symptoms are specific to the kind of infections a person may have. When a person's T cells get very low, doctors prescribe drugs to prevent infections.

      Sometimes people don't seek medical help until they have AIDS. They may have some of the following symptoms:

      Being tired all the time
      Swollen lymph nodes in the neck or groin
      Fever lasting more than 10 days
      Night sweats
      Unexplained weight loss
      Purplish spots on the skin that don't go away
      Shortness of breath
      Severe, long-lasting diarrhea
      Yeast infections in the mouth, throat, or vagina
      Easy bruising or unexplained bleeding

  25. QUESTION:
    bells palsy??
    I was diagnosed with Bells Palsy after I had my daughter. I didnt have any drugs during my delivery and she was almost 9 lbs. Could it have been caused by the strain in my facial muscles from pushing so hard? What about stress from sleep deprevation and keeping up with a 4 yr old as well. I'm on a cuople different medications that are for viruses. I have had mouth sores since as far back as I can remember-could the whole thing with my delivery and stress have affected the herpes virus? Anyone know of some home remedies? I have been taking b12 vitamins, my prenatal, womens daily vitamins. My mother who had it many years ago in Mexico has a remedy of carrot juice with yerba buena plant that she swears works but who knows. Unfortunatly, there isnt a whole lot of research on this condition.

    • ANSWER:
      Bell's palsy involves paralysis (may be cause of inflammation/ trauma) of the facial nerve which supplies the muscles of the face on one side. The inflammation may result from a middle ear infection, viral infection, chilling of the face, or tumor. The observable result is smoothing of the face on the affected side owing to loss of muscle action, the eye on the affected side remaining open and the lower eyelid sagging. There is also inability to wink, whistle, purse the lips(resulting a slurred speech), or wrinkle the forehead. The mouth droops, and it and the nose may deviate to the opposite side. 90% of patients having complete recovery within 2-8 weeks. Facial sensation on the affected side is lost, and taste sensation is lost as well.

      As a physical therapist, during acute stages, patients with bell's palsy are ask to rest. After a few days facial muscle massage is done to increase the blood circulation in the face. Facial muscle exercises is also done, like raising of eyebrows, smiling pouting your lips, etc... Bell's palsy is still said to be idiopathic, meaning it cannot really be explain why and how it started or how you acquire it but it is said that it is common in women during/after pregnancy. Maybe it has something to do with our hormones.

  26. QUESTION:
    Eye's sensitive to light and burning...any idea what it could be?
    My eye's have been ok all day. But now the are really bothering me. They burn when I close them and it is bothersome. When they are open they don't burn but they are very sensitive to light and my eyelids feel heavy. Not sleepy at all but its hard to keep my eye's open. I havent gotten anything in them or anything or injured them in any kind of. I do wear color contacts that are not prescription

    • ANSWER:
      May be it is because of your contacts. Avoid it for 3 or 4 days........ If you still have the burning effect then have a look at this........................................

      Mostly a burning sensation is most often caused by a lack of tears to lubricate the surface of the eyes. In other words, dryness is almost always the cause of the burning sensation to which you are referring.

      Causes of Burning eyes

      Chronic dry or burning eyes can be caused by age, some medications, and disease. Itchy, burning eyelids can also result from infection.
      Tears bathe the eye, washing out dust and debris and keeping the eye moist. They also contain enzymes that neutralize the microorganisms that colonize the eye. Tears are essential for good eye health.
      Allergy is caused by an oversensitive immune system, which leads to a misdirected immune response. The immune system normally protects the body against harmful substances, such as bacteria and viruses. It reacts to substances (allergens) that are generally harmless and in most people do not cause a problem.
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      Sometimes burning and itching eyes are due to environmental pollutants that might be eliminated by social action. If secondhand cigarette smoke is annoying, say so.

      Treatment for Burning eyes

      Artificial tears used four-to-six times a day can also relieve symptoms. Avoid over-the-counter eye drops other than artificial tears because they will eventually make symptoms worse.

      Antihistamines in the form of eye-drops or ointments may be prescribed. Cortisone-like eye ointments are not often prescribed. These medications will reduce many types of inflammation, but can make certain infections, such as herpes, worse.

      Conserving the tears in your own eyes is another approach to keeping the eyes moist. Tears drain out of the eye through a small canal into the nose (that is why your nose runs when you cry). Your ophthalmologist may close these canals either temporarily or permanently. This closure conserves your own tears and makes artificial tears last longer.

      So wash your eyes in a regular interval of time with cold water & avoid the contacts. If there is no change then better consult a doctor........

      Thank You*********************************************************************************

  27. QUESTION:
    My left eye is very swollen. It almost looks like I have a black eye but normal skin color... I'm worried.?
    I have a cold sore on my lower lip, on the right side but when I get a shingles outbreak, it is on the left side of my forehead.

    I woke up this morning and my eyelid and undereye, where you get the "Bags" under your eye, is swollen and I'm worried that it might be the virus.

    This happened a few weeks ago and it was Saturday so I spent the day applying cold packs to it and it eventually went away but this time is much more swollen and sort of itchy and I don't know what to do.

    I'm so worried it is the cold sore/shingles/herpes virus!

    I'm taking L-Lysine to help with the cold sore and that seems to be helping but it is too soon to tell if the supplement will help with my eye or not.

    Any advice?

    I'm going to wash my face, apply some abreva to my eye skin, then, later, apply some hemorrhoid cream and apply a cold pack.

    Does anyone else have any advice?
    Sorry, let me add more details...

    No crust.

    No blisters.

    No pain.

    No weeping/seeping.

    No discoloration other than slightly, VERY VERY slight redness from the swelling.

    No "Heat" as far as I can tell.

    I don't think I have a Fever but that is hard to tell with me because I have constant low body temp.

    No problems/alteration in vision.

    Just swelling of both the lower and upper eyelid.
    The actual eye itself seems OK. It is just the upper and lower lid that is swollen and ONLY on the left side.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like an allergic reaction. Have you taken any new medication or used any new creams/lotions/soaps/shampoos?
      Have you eaten anything different?

      http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_G1bIniL1clw/SOoqwMvSp8I/AAAAAAAAAbg/YmTmkDPSHxA/s320/swollen-eyes.JPG
      http://xb4.xanga.com/e0af4a7ad0d35250653196/b198954536.jpg

      If it's swollen like either of those that then it's almost certainly an allergy which should go down on it's own in a day or two, but you'll have to pinpoint what caused it or it will keep recurring.

      Applying some anti-histamine cream to the area might help to bring the swelling down, be careful not to get it in your eye.
      Otherwise just use a cold compress and wait it out.

  28. QUESTION:
    Eye stye and cold sore?
    About two days ago, I noticed my left eye was a bit red and irritated, but it didn't hurt. Then yesterday, I woke up with my upper eyelid hurting when I blinked. This afternoon, a cold sore developed on my mouth and shortly after a stye became visible on my upper eyelid. Is it possible that the two are related? I read that cold sores can spread to the eye, but in this case my stye appeared two days before the cold sore did. And the stye is not directly IN my eye, but rather on my eyelid.

    I am just concerned because I have a compromised immune system and I know herpes eye infections can lead to blindness. I'm not sure if the herpes virus directly affects the eyeball or if it can affect the lid as well? I am using Abreva for the cold sore and applying a warm compress to the stye regularly.

    • ANSWER:
      You're doing fine with the eye treatment. Apply warm, moist pad to the eye until it pops. Clean carefully and take caution. The cold sore treatment may take longer but keep it covered so it can't spread to other areas.

  29. QUESTION:
    My kitten is sick and I want to use saline drops.?
    I have a 7 week old kitten in my care among other kittens but I have kept little Bo Peep away from the others so he does not infect the others. But he is with one of his sisters so he won't get lonely and his sister is perfectly healthy. From what I read online it is either herpes or an eye infection. For the time being I am wiping excess discharge from his eyes which are red around the eyelids and runny. It is clear, not mucusy or colored so I think it's more of an infection than herpes but I won't know until I can afford to take him to the vet. I think it is just an infection because he exhibits no other symptoms, and he has not infected his sister despite the herpes virus' tendency to be contagious to other cats.

    Where can I get saline solution that won't irritate his eyes to relieve his problem temporarily? Also, I live in Swift Current, Saskatchewan in Canada. How much do you think this vet visit will cost me?
    response to the 2nd comment - I have been liberating kittens from the barn of the farm I am living in to find them good homes once they're ready to leave their mother or once they've been domesticated and tamed. So yes, I can't afford a vet visit right now, but I will be able to afford it in early november once the other kittens all go. [There are 4 from one litter [used to be 5, but I found one dismembered in the barn from a vicious wild animal attack which is what prompted me to take them all in - not to mention we would have too many cats running around if i left them there instead of finding them homes and fixing all the adult female cats on the farm], 3 from another litter, and 4 more from another litter so that is a lot of money going towards litterbox material, food, and kitten formulas not to mention toys and bedding and fences to keep them from crawling all over the house] So for the time being, I am doing what I can do for them.
    Response to the 4th question - no there is no rescue groups in Swift Current. It is a small town that only has a SPCA which isn't in very good shape either.

    • ANSWER:
      it could be a number of things with the eye, I would advise against putting anything in the eye unless told to do so by the vet, With other kittens around it could be a scratched cornea or something in the third eye lid as well.
      The saline is just going to flush the eye and that will not help if it is infected. Is there a rescue group you can contact to help you?

  30. QUESTION:
    What are some symptoms of feline herpes?
    okay so there was some failure of communication at the vet. I was told my kitten got the herpes test, but he was given the FeLV/FIV test (came back negative)

    He is about 6-7 weeks old, with a bad eye infection and is being treated with an eye cream and oral antibiotics. Yesterday he also got wormed with Pyrantel Pamoate for roundworm and hookworm, he appears to have tape worm but the vet said he is not big enough to be treated for tape worm yet, so we have to wait until after the second dose of this wormer to decide if he weighs enough to be treated for tape.

    I am worried his eye infection is being caused by herpes, so far his symptoms is only watery eyes with clear and green discharge, and slimy poo. I just want to know other symptoms of the Feline Herpes Virus, so I know what to look for.

    I was told the test for it is 200 dollars which I cannot afford right now because of issues between my insurance and finance company.
    My kittens name is Zombi and he's a siamese mix, cream colored with black tips and bright blue eyes.

    You've been a ton of help BiPetual! Thanks for giving good advice and not attacking me calling me a bad owner like most, I am doing everything possible that I can to try and get my kitten healthy because I know once he's all healthy and fixed up it will be well worth it. I am very attached to him as he spends 24/7 with me, literally. He goes to work, to the store and everywhere with me either sleeping in my purse or in a carrier. I am determined to get him better.

    I am suspecting that he has teh Herpes virus right now so Im trying to post up things to sale so I can get him tested.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a cat that periodically gets herpes eye infections. They are distinctive to me in that the eye (not the eyeball, the eyelids) gets so bright pink. My vet gives me antibiotic ointment for him to prevent secondary infection, and a product called Duralactin, which contains lysine and some sort of milk protein. Perhaps I should say, suspected herpes infections. I never had him tested for it. But he responds well to treatment, even if it does tend to come back once a year or so.

      I don't know if you can use the Duralactin paste on kittens, but maybe you could ask your vet about it and see what he or she thinks.

      http://www.duralactin.com/products_feline.htm
      http://www.vetinfo.com/cherpes.html
      http://www.animal-eye-specialists.com/herpes.htm

      Your poor little kitten has sure been through a lot already. But at least he's feleuk and FIV negative, and he's got one other thing going for him...a loving owner who takes good care of him. Good luck!

      PS What's your kitten's name? What color is he? I feel like I know him.

  31. QUESTION:
    my eye is leaking white mucus?
    my eyelid is swolen and discharging a thick white substance out of a little bump on the rim of my eyelid.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like Pinkeye. Get to the doctor.

      Pink eye or conjunctivitis refers to a redness or irritation of the membranes on the inner part of the eyelids and the membranes (conjuctiva) covering the whites of the eyes. These membranes react to a wide range of bacteria, viruses, allergy- provoking agents, irritants, and toxic agents, as well as to underlying diseases within the body. Viral and bacterial forms of conjunctivitis are common in childhood but can occur in people of any age. Overall however, there are many causes of pink eye. These can be classified as either infectious or noninfectious.

      Common symptoms of pinkeye are:

      Eye redness (hyperemia).
      Swollen, red eyelids.
      More tearing than usual.
      Feeling as if something is in the eye (foreign-body sensation or keratoconjunctivitis).
      An itching or burning feeling.
      Mild sensitivity to light (photophobia).
      Drainage from the eye.

      Infectious forms of pink eye are highly contagious and are spread by direct contact with infected persons. If you or your child has infectious pink eye, avoid touching the eye area and wash your hands frequently, particularly after applying medications to the eye area. Never share towels or handkerchiefs and throw away tissues after each use. Disinfecting surfaces like countertops, sinks, and doorknobs can also help prevent the spread of infectious pink eye.

      If the pinkeye is caused by a virus, the person can usually return to day care, school, or work when symptoms begin to improve, typically in 3 to 5 days. Medicines are not usually used to treat viral pinkeye, so it is important to prevent the spread of the infection. Pinkeye caused by a herpes virus, which is rare, can be treated with an antiviral medicine. Home treatment of viral pinkeye symptoms can help you feel more comfortable while the infection goes away.

      If the pinkeye is caused by bacteria, the person can usually return to day care, school, or work 24 hours after an antibiotic has been started if symptoms have improved. Prescription antibiotic treatment usually kills the bacteria that cause pinkeye.

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