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Marz
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I have eye appt tomorrow for what I'm pretty sure is giant papillary conjunctivitis from a contact lens.

I've had this years ago and it went away but can't remember if I did a steroid.

I just googled and found they sometimes do steroids for GPC.

I'm thinking since it's not taken internally and a small area it might be okay???

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Ouch.

As your vision is at risk, if steroid drops are suggested by your eye doctor, take them. Absolutely.

Eye infections - even if it appears to be limited to inflammation - infection can get out of hand very fast and are always to be taken very seriously. Steroid drops can be vision saving.

Usually, they will also have an anti-infection eye drop on board, too. This is key as well.

Be sure to change out your pillow case and any towels you use on your face, too. Maybe only use a paper towel to blot dry when you wash your face and still try to avoid the eye area.

Good luck. And, oh, if the doctor says use the drops for so many days - follow instructions precisely and check back with them, too, if they suggest.
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Are you taking abx currently for TBD's? If so, it should be less of a problem. Plus, you could check with your LLMD first.

If you're not treating and don't have an LLMD now, you have to assess. But vision is pretty important. Ask what would the result be if you didn't take the steroid.

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No abx right now except a-Bart.

I think changing pillow case frequently is good idea. I sleep on right side and it's that eye with the problem.

Overwearing contacts can cause GPC but I'm not doing that.

Since I wake with sticky eye it could be infected but I don't have pain or redness.

So I'll do the steroid if he says to. Thanks for helping make up my mind.

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No abx right now except a-Bart.

I think changing pillow case frequently is good idea. I sleep on right side and it's that eye with the problem.

Overwearing contacts can cause GPC but I'm not doing that.

Since I wake with sticky eye it could be infected but I don't have pain or redness.

So I'll do the steroid if he says to. Thanks for helping make up my mind.

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Change pillow case every night during any kinds of eye inflammation or infections. Yes, every single night.

Be sure the case is washed well and dried with good heat. You could iron it after it's washed to be sure of the heat.

Be sure that if they give you a steroid eye drop there is another eye drop that is antimicrobial (against the kind of infection that might be going on) in nature, too. This is vital.

conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva usually caused by viruses or bacteria - even if triggered by a scratch with contact lens or other offender.

Be sure you are also taking some good broad range antimicrobial herbs such as Berberine, Olive Leaf Extract, Allicin.

Drink plenty of water and be sure to have good antioxidants / dark berries, too for they are good for eyes and very low on the glycemic index. Mangosteen extract or bilberry good, too.
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