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Chlorsig – Your All-Knowing FAQ Stop

Chlorsig has recently become an over-the-counter medication used for treating common eye conditions and infections available at your local pharmacy. But how can you know if Chlorsig is right for you? In this blog, we’ll go through the most popular questions about why Chlorsig solutions may or may not, be the right treatment for you.

 

WHAT IS CHLORSIG AND WHAT IS IT USED FOR?

Chlorsig is an over the counter antibiotic in the form of eye drops and ointment for the treatment of various eye infections. Chlorsig is most commonly used as the treatment of conjunctivitis a bacterial infection which causes the eye to discharge yellow/white mucus or pus.

There are three main types of conjunctivitis. These are allergic conjunctivitis, viral conjunctivitis and chemical conjunctivitis caused by hay fever. Conjunctivitis is a viral infection and highly contagious. When affected, it is important to ensure the surface of the eye and discharge from the eyes are always clean and hands are washed straight after contact.

However, Chlorsig can be used to treat other infections so if unsure why it has been prescribed to you, ask your doctor or pharmacist. If you’re not sure you need Chlorsig, book an appointment with our trusted optometrist today to look after your eye care.

 

DO YOU NEED A PRESCRIPTION TO BUY CHLORSIG?

No, you do not need a prescription to purchase Chlorsig. It is an over-the-counter medication available at your local pharmacy. Some home remedies may soothe the discomfort of eye bacterial infections which you can use whilst waiting to get a medical solution. Warm water can soothe some parts of the eye discomfort but will not cure the bacteria or viruses in the eye.

It is recommended that you seek medical advice before using Chlorsig to ensure it is the correct solution for your problems.

Chlorsig medication bottle

DO I NEED TO DO ANYTHING BEFORE I START USING CHLORSIG?

The pharmacist, doctor or optometrist must know about specific health issues before you start a Chlorsig based treatment. These include:

– If you or anybody in your family have blood disorders (eg. Anemia)

– If you have had any issues with bone marrow

– If you are pregnant or are planning to be pregnant

– If you are currently breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed soon

– If you have any previous injuries to your cornea

– And if you wear contact lenses.

Our expert optometrist here in Hutt Street Adelaide can let you know about the risks of taking Chlorsig with any of the above conditions. Call us on 08 8224 0819 to book an appointment today.

 

I BOUGHT CHLORSIG WITHOUT A PRESCRIPTION. IS THERE ANYTHING I SHOULD CONSULT WITH A PROFESSIONAL ABOUT BEFORE I START TAKING IT?

Even though you can purchase Chlorsig without a prescription, there are still several external factors that should be taken into consideration. Speak to your optometrist or doctor before using Chlorsig if you are affected by any of the following:

– You hold previous allergies to antibiotic eye drops or ointments,

– You are already using other eye medications (drops or ointments),

– You are experiencing pain or swelling within/around your eye,

– You have previously injured your eye,

– You experience limited eye movement,

– You experience frequent blurred vision and/or sensitivity to light,

– You have Glaucoma,

– You hold any allergies,

– You have had eye surgery or laser treatment within the past 6 months,

– If you suffer from any other medical conditions or are feeling unwell.

 

HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED CHLORSIG EYE DROPS OR EYE OINTMENT?

Your doctor or optometrist will prescribe you with the solution best suited to your needs for Chlorsig use. Often, an ointment will be prescribed instead of drops if your eye has been scratched in the past. This is to prevent the eye from other bacterial infections and the ointment works as a lubricant to prevent your eye(s) from sticking to your eyelid during sleep.

Instructions on using eye-drops

AM I SAFE TO USE CHLORSIG?

Do not use Chlorsig if you have a known allergy to any of the ingredients listed on the bottle. We also do not recommend using Chlorsig if your bottle in any way has been tampered with (torn, broken, already opened or used, etc.) and suggest going back to your supplier straight away once found.

 

IS CHLORSIG OKAY FOR CHILDREN?

Chlorsig should not be used on children below the age of 2 unless given specific instructions by your doctor or optometrist. Children older than 2 can use Chlorsig with strict use and application only by adults. Children should not apply their Chlorsig solutions themselves.

 

DOES CHLORSIG NEED TO BE REFRIGERATED?

Unopened Chlorsig eye drops are required to be kept in the refrigerator between 2-8 degrees. Once opened, eye drops should be stored at room temperature. All Chlorsig eye drops should be discarded 4 weeks after opening.

Chlorsig eye ointment does not need to be refrigerated but should be kept away from light and below 25 degrees (room temperature). All Chlorsig eye ointments should be discarded 4 weeks after opening.

 

HOW LONG SHOULD YOU USE CHLORSIG FOR AND HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO WORK?

Once using your Chlorsig solution, if the condition does not improve after 2 days, contact your optometrist or doctor for medical advice. The period to use Chlorsig can vary per patient as different conditions and eye-types will take to the solutions differently. If unsure how long you should be using Chlorsig for, seek medical advice from your doctor or optometrist.

 

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF CHLORSIG?

Some people may hold allergic reactions to Chlorsig. The effects of this can include;

– Blisters,

– Fevers,

– Skin rashes,

– And pain, irritation or swelling to the eye and eye area.

 

If you have any unanswered questions from this blog, we recommend you contact your local doctor or optometrist before starting any medication or eye drops.

 

MY CHLORSIG SOLUTION IS EXPIRED. IS IT STILL OKAY FOR ME TO USE?

No. Always make sure your medication is within its use-by date before using it. If expired, this can be passed onto your doctor or pharmacist for safe disposal.

 

If ever unsure of your eye health, ensure to book an appointment with your optometrist today.

 

Quick Answers

What is Chlorsig & what is it used for?

Chlorsig is an over the counter antibiotic in the form of eye drops and ointment for the treatment of various eye infections. Chlorsig is most commonly used as the treatment of conjunctivitis a bacterial infection which causes the eye to discharge yellow/white mucus or pus.

Do you need a prescription to buy Chlorsig?

No, you do not need a prescription to purchase Chlorsig. It is an over-the-counter medication available at your local pharmacy.

Do Chlorsig eye drops need to be refrigerated?

Unopened Chlorsig eye drops are required to be kept in the refrigerator between 2-8 degrees. Once opened, eye drops should be stored at room temperature. All Chlorsig eye drops should be discarded 4 weeks after opening.

How long does Chlorsig take to work?

Once using your Chlorsig solution, if the condition does not improve after 2 days, contact your optometrist or doctor for medical advice. The period to use Chlorsig can vary per patient as different conditions and eye-types will take to the solutions differently.