Administering topical antibiotics to patients with bacterial conjunctivitis results in both clinical and microbiological cure, according to an updated Cochrane review of 11 randomized, placebo-controlled trials involving nearly 3,700 individuals.
Investigators looked at trials that diagnosed bacterial conjunctivitis based on either clinical or microbiological findings. They examined clinical and microbiological cure rates -- specifically, absence of symptoms or microbiological eradication. Among the findings:
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