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Friday, October 21, 2005 

conjunctivitis

my brother got it on tuesday.

my dad and i got it the next day. we were both on mc yesterday.

mine's so bad that i'm at home once again. 2 1/2 days of MC. half the work week.

missed watching an omnimax show.

going to miss the university of melbourne alumni event later.

hope i recover in time for the unimelb open house tomorrow.

and you did recover =)

still very red under the eyelids...

Until now, conjunctivitis was primarily a clinical diagnosis and cell cultures and PCR are not routinely done. A recently FDA approved diagnostic test called the RPS Adeno Detector makes a laboratory confirmation of viral conjunctivitis readily available at the doctors office. It works similarly to a rapid strep test for a sore throat. It can effectively identify contagious viral conjunctivitis requiring more time away from work, school, or daycare. Unlike bacterial conjunctivitis that becomes relatively noncontagious after 48 hours of appropriate antibiotic therapy, adenoviral conjunctivitis does not improve and continues to shed a significant virus load until the eye is no longer red and tearing.

The RPS Adeno Detector provides health care professionals with a true point of care test for infectious conjunctivitis. The test requires only 10 minutes to obtain a result that can empower physicians to practice better medicine, foster patient acceptance of supportive treatments, and identify contagious viral conjunctivitis while simultaneously reducing ocular antibiotic resistance. The practice of treating all conjunctivitis with topical antibiotics may not only increase the risk of antibiotic resistance, side effects, allergies, and corneal toxicity, but also may lead to increased cost to the individual and society as a whole.

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