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Can you tell me the difference between the symptoms of pink eye and those of eye allergies

A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Itchy: Can't always tell the difference based on symptoms, but sometimes pink eye starts in one eye first and then spreads to the other eye. Both are usuall... Read More
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Discharge matters: Allergic conjunctivitis causes severe itchiness and tearing with little discharge. Viral "pink eye" is characterized by mucous or thicker discharge, m... Read More
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Itch: Allergic conjuctivitis causes itchingb but pink eye typically does not.

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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tod Haller
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Not really: Those 3 are very similar when it comes to symptoms, however on an eye exam, they are very different. Usually the primary care doctors give anti allerg... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Some differences: Generally viral pink eye typically produces redness, watery eyes and doesn't need treatment except for herpes. Bacterial pink eye causes redness & pur... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Sometimes difficult: This is sometimes difficult even for experts. Generally allergies have more itching than pink eye and occur in people have allergic symptoms such as ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lily Hwang
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 18 years experience
Both eyes vs 1 eye: Not a hard fast rule but usually allergies affect both eyes at the same time and is intensely itchy. Viral or bacterial conjunctivitis usually affects... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yale Kanter
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
Red eye: Pink eye is usually due to a bacterial infection, the lids get mattery, crusty, and stuck shut. Allergies make the surface of the eye red and produ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keshav Narain
Retinal Surgery 29 years experience
Similar: Both can have similar symptoms. Ophthalmologists often look for the presence of inflammed lymph nodes for conjunctivitis. Allergy follows a differen... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Hello. : Hello. It sounds as if your son's eye is red and he has colored drainage. Now a second child has symptoms. This sounds more like an infection than com... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Drops: For pink eye- i prefer pataday. Also cold compresses.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
A few clues to this: Pink eye is an infection with rapid onset, usually in one eye and then spreading to the other with a clear discharge and a sensation of sandy eye feel... Read More

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