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

A 32-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
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tod Haller
15 years experience Ophthalmology
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
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience Family Medicine
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
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
33 years experience Ophthalmology
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 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lily Hwang
17 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
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
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yale Kanter
60 years experience Ophthalmology
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
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keshav Narain
28 years experience Retinal Surgery
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 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Missing info: If you meant to post a question it did not come through. To get the most from this site we eed background info and a clear question to answer. You are ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
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 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
32 years experience Ophthalmology
Drops: For pink eye- i prefer pataday. Also cold compresses.

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