An 18-year-old woman is being seen in the clinic and reports that she suspects that she has contracted â€œpink eyeâ€ from the child she babysits. The patient denies a history of conjunctivitis. The patient has a history of environmental allergies but otherwise negative medical history. The patient normally wears contact lenses but is currently wearing glasses due to the discomfort.
- What characteristics would the patient likely describe if the conjunctivitis is caused by a bacterial infection?
- What signs/symptoms would you expect to find during the physical exam?
- What are the differential diagnoses for the patient?
- What symptoms, if present, would indicate the need to have another professional perform a dilated pupil exam?
- What treatment should be prescribed for the patientâ€™s bacterial conjunctivitis? Include full prescribing information.
- What additional patient teaching should be included?