14 thoughts on “Over The Counter Eye Numbing Drops

  1. What over the counter medicines are considered to be effective against MRSA?
    I’ve been reading about it and it seems like a tough bacteria to kill. What are the usual prescriptions given by doctors when having MRSA. Also, after medication, will the person be immune to further MRSA infection?

    • “What over the counter medicines are considered to be effective against MRSA?” — There are no OTC oral meds that are effective. Only certain prescription meds. Bacitracin is effective against MRSA that hasn’t become Bacitracin-resistant but the only form you can buy OTC is the ointment.

      “I’ve been reading about it and it seems like a tough bacteria to kill” — Sometimes. Depends on what other drugs it’s resistant to, the site of the infection, how aggressively it’s managed and if it’s colonized. But I seen even colonized infections resolved.

      “What are the usual prescriptions given by doctors when having MRSA.” — Most of what I administer are antibiotics ordered by attendings, often by IV. Also an antibiotic given by feeding tube, Bacitracin in the nasal passages and a chlorhexadine bath every day for a prescribed number of days. It depends on the site of the infection. If it’s an MRSA UTI, there may also be antibiotic bladder instillation. Antibiotics used are Bacitracin, Vancomycin, Targocid, Zyvox, Cubicin, Clindamycin and sometimes cephalosporins, Bactrim DS, doxycycline and Rifampin. Chloramphenicol eye drops or vancomycin ophthalmic ointment are used to treat MRSA of the eyes.

      “Also, after medication, will the person be immune to further MRSA infection?” — Absolutely not.

  2. Does anyone know of any over the counter allergy eye drops?
    i have really bad allergies and dont want to pay to go to the allergist just to get a prescription for eye drops. Are there any over the counter ones? My eye burn and itch and feel goopy. I take an anti-histamine prescription pill but it doesn’t seem to help my eyes.

    • Visine has a number of allergy eyedrops available OTC. The best thing to do is go to the pharmacy section of your local grocery store (or a Walgreen’s or Walmart), and read the labels until you find something that you think might work for you.

  3. Eyes are blurry after too many allergy eye drops?
    I have an allergy to grass so I put in 3 eye drops into each eye in the afternoon.They were still itchy so I put in 5 drops to each eye in the evening. I put too much in I think, because now my eyes are really blurry. Will it go away or have I permanently damaged my eyes?

    • What kind of drops are you using? Most over the counter allergy drops are meant to be taken every 12 hours. Putting in that many drops may cause problems because of the preservatives. Depending on your drops, using it too frequently can cause a rebound effect.

      I suggest you 1) take an oral medication for allergies and 2) switch over to a better allergy drop. Alaway (ketotifen fumarate) is an okay over the counter drop. If that doesnt work, you may have to go to your eye doctor to get some corticosteroids or switch over to pataday/patanol.

      Right now, your eyes are probably irritated. Avoid using the drops too often and rubbing your eyes. Use cold ice bags to numb your eyes for comfort. I also suggest putting your eye drops in the fridge as it may help numb your eyes a little when you use it.

  4. How should I hide my erection in my first kiss ever with a girl I really like?
    I believe that I will have my first kiss soon, but it will be on a counter with no chairs nearby and in gym shorts! Were only 14 and I don’t want to freak her out. It will be my first kiss ever, and I need advice. How should I hide my erection, AND how do you kiss a girl for the first time EVER?

  5. what is the most effective over the counter eyedrops for really dry eyes?
    I have tried several but they make my eyes blurry. Also taking different vitamins or herbs makes my eyes dry out. I just tried the new genteal gel for severe dry eye and thats no big shakes.

  6. Can you take your medicines onboard a plane these days?
    My 7 year old son is asthmatic and aside from an inhaler he has a portable nebulizer machine he has to use when he gets really bad. Just wondering if I can take the machine with me and pass through security. I did in 2004 but I know restrictions are worst now. I would also need to take the nebules with me. All his medicines are labeled with his name and the pharmacy’s number and so forth.

    • You may bring all prescription and over-the-counter medications (liquids, gels, and aerosols) including KY jelly, eye drops, and saline solution for medical purposes.

      Additional items you may bring include:

      Liquids including water, juice, or liquid nutrition or gels for passengers with a disability or medical condition;
      Life-support and life-sustaining liquids such as bone marrow, blood products, and transplant organs;
      You are not limited in the amount or volume of these items you may bring in your carry-on baggage. BUT if the medically necessary items exceed 3 ounces or are not contained in a one-quart, zip-top plastic bag, you MUST declare to one of our Security Officers at the checkpoint for further inspection.

      Check TSA website for more info.
      Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions: http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/specialneeds/editorial_1059.shtm

      Permitted and Prohibited Items. http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm

  7. How to make this terrible sore throat go away?
    I have a really sore throat, my nose is running but only occasionally, my eyes are running and I’m constantly tired
    I can’t talk, hardly, when I do talk it’s a hoarse whisper
    I’ve been taking over the counter cold medicine for the past 3 days, following what it says on the instructions, to take it every 4 hours
    I just want to be able to talk to my sister, she lives in Florida and the only way I can talk to her is over the phone
    Somebody help!!
    I’ve only drank nothing but water
    Ate some chicken soup, some bread, and a couple of pickles
    As well as a popsicle

    • I have a chronic sore throat and I know how hard it is to find something good. I’ve been using these special cough drops called: chloraseptic drops. They have a slight numbing medicine in them and when you suck on them, your cough goes away and your throat is Numbed just slightly and the pain goes away! I would highly recommend them.

    • Eye drops are used to treat several conditions, including glaucoma, allergies, and dry eyes. Prescription eye drops, of the sort used in the treatment of glaucoma and certain severe allergies, carry explicit instructions on how many to use at a time as well as the total number of eye drops that can be safely used in one day. Similar precautions are included in the packaging of over-the-counter eye drops, such as Clear Eyes® and Visine A.C.® Nevertheless, many people ignore these instructions, using eye drops whenever they feel the slightest discomfort.

      Those who have followed the advice of Ben Stein and used eye drops to “get the red out” may be surprised to learn that overuse of these drops can increase eye redness and actually bring about the conditions that they are trying to correct.

      Naphazoline, one of the active ingredients in Clear Eyes®, is used in stronger quantities in prescription-only eye drops and treats redness caused by pollen, smog, and other irritants. With overuse, this ingredient can instigate a laundry list of side effects, including dizziness, headache, increased sweating, nausea, weakness, nervousness, decrease in body temperature, and slow heartbeat. The potential side effects from overusing prescription eye drops with other active ingredients are similarly unpleasant, and include vomiting, troubled breathing, and back pain.

      On the other hand, artificial tears do not contain the same ingredients found in prescription eye drops (and many over-the-counter allergy eye drops) that can be harmful if overused. Therefore, it is much safer to use artificial tears repeatedly. Many of the package instructions do not limit the total number of drops that can be applied, but eye doctors caution that the preservatives in some artificial tears can increase irritation if used too frequently. The good news is that, in the case of preservative-free artificial tears, there is almost no risk of overuse.

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