How to Treat Trachoma
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Trachoma is a serious eye condition often found in northern Africa, the Middle East, southern Europe, and the Far East. It is highly contagious in its early stage and may be transmitted bu direct contact or by handling contaminated articles, such as towels and handkerchiefs. Trachoma is cause by a virus. At first it is resemble conjunctivitis.
However, it is far more stubborn and may return several times after having apparently cleared up. Sometimes small ulcers from on the cornea and interface wit the patient’s vision. Scar tissue may also from under the lids, turning them inward and causing the lashes to rub against the cornea.
Trachoma is always more prevalent a month those who live in unsanitary surroundings. In the past it often caused blindness, but today it has largely been brought under control, thanks to modern antibiotic medicines.
Trachoma responds well to sulfa drugs. One useful medicine is sulfadiazine opthalmic ointment 5%. This should be applied to the inside of the lower lid on the affected eye three times a day. Another useful medicine is sulfisoxazole (Gantrisin) opthalmic solution or ointment applied three times a day. Terramycin, 250 mg. capsule or tablets, may be given three times a day during the acute stage. The patient must follow clean habits of living. Avoid rubbing the eyes with dirty fingers and soiled towel or handkerchiefs. Good habits of personal hygiene and cleanliness are essential, but it is equally important to take medicine as prescribed.