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As a GP, I am often asked to prescribe antibiotics for sticky eyes-
even when there is minimal conjunctival inflammation. I have often
explained that antibiotics are unlikely to make much difference compared
to simple hygiene etc- however I am often told that "the nursery" sent the
child home and won't have the child back unless she/he's been on treatment
for 24hours and is "no longer infectious". I have tried to find out the
basis for this policy, but the (few) nursery staff I have asked seem not
Now that chloramphenicol is available "over the counter" in the UK,
this is less of a problem for me (as a GP) but there are presumably still
a lot of children being treated unnecessarily.
Has anyone else come across this problem? Is there a leaflet from any
authority that could be sent to "the nursery"?