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Can you get pink eye from kissing

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Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
Closeness YES: The closeness of someone can cause pinkeye. Certain viruses such as adenovirus are airborne droplets. In close contact with someone who has this virus... Read More
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Where r u kissing?: Most acute conjunctivitis (/="pink eye") is from a virus. Some notice 'common cold' type symptoms, others don't. Could transmit this virus by kissing ... Read More
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
It is possible: Most adult pink eye is due to a virus spread by contact. if the eye is infected, there may be some virus on the cheek and lips This could spread by ... Read More

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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonardo Dacanay
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Most commonly viral: "pinkeye" is a general term for inflammation of the white of the eye, or conjunctivitis. It is often viral, but can be bacterial or even allergic. S... Read More
Dr. Bruce Saran
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Bad luck or hygiene: Most "pink eye" is caused by a viral infection on the inner part of the eyelid and thin moist "skin"covering the eyeball-called the conjunctiva. Once... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dieck
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Yes: Poorly chlorinated hot tubs and pools can harbor bacteria that can cause infections.
A female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Maybe: Pinkeye is a lay term for any condition where the soft membranes of the inner eyelids or eye surface is irritated/inflamed. It can be triggered by inf... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Anything's possible: Pink eye is caused by the cold virus which is able to "live" on surfaces for several hours after being placed there. The most common transmission is f... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marina Armendariz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Pink eye: Bacterial conjunctivitis can be appropriately treated with antibiotic eye drops or eye ointment. I usually recommend keeping the child home until he ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jodi Luchs
LASIK Surgery 30 years experience
No: It is very unlikely to transmit pink eye from a cat to a human.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Yes: Pink eye is caused by the same virus that causes the common cold. It is extremely contagious and can remain infective on surfaces for hours. If you to... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Irritant rxn ??: Some people are sensitive to one or more of the components of a contact solution & will develop irritation any time they use it. Continued use will li... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Whitman
Ophthalmology 45 years experience
Not typically: Unless you are allergic to cucumbers, this should not cause an infection.

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