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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frances Ilozue
24 years experience in Family Medicine
Redness, discharge: The symptoms may include: redness, discharge, crusting, pain or discomfort, sometimes there's increased sensitivity to light and mild blurry vision.

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frances Ilozue
24 years experience in Family Medicine
Culture: If you really want to know the exact germ that caused the symptoms, you need to see your doctor who may perform a bacterial culture, if he/she agrees ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience in Internal Medicine
Inflammation: Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva, the outer covering of the eye. It can be caused by a number of things, including allergies, foreig ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Several issues: Conjunctivitis=inflammation of the conjunctiva irritant : dust, hair spray, mascara, chemicals germ: bacterial, chlamydia, viral allergy: air born ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: Yes.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holt answered
27 years experience in Family Medicine
A few things: Your own immune system, flushing the eye with eye saline and antibiotics.
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience in Pediatrics
No: True "pink eye" refers to bacterial conjunctivitis. Most of the conjunctivitis are caused by viruses.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
It usually resolves : Much conjunctivitis is viral and will xlear after a few days with no treatment. Bacteerial conjunctivitis will resolve faster with antibiotic drops. A ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience in Ophthalmology
Redness, irritation: Conjunctivitis, usually a viral infection of the eye lining, causes irritation, foreign object feeling, overflow of tears and obvious redness of the e ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Can be: Depends on the type. Pink eye (viral) is highly contagious and necessitates good hygiene during treatment.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience in Family Medicine
Can be: There are several types of conjunctivitis--if it is an infection, it can be spread/contagious.. If it is from allergies..Allergic conjunctivitis, the ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Distefano
44 years experience in Ophthalmology
Conjunctivitis: No, viral conjunctivitis is more contagious than bacterial conjunctivitis. Bacterial conjunctivitis tends not to be contagious unless the surface of ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Mutnick
16 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Eye Allergies: It is a form of eye allergy. There are a few different types. If you haven't seen an allergist, then make an appointment. Ask them exactly what this m ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
33 years experience in Ophthalmology
None: All conjunctivitis, bacterial and viral, is self-limiting. This means that they will get better without treatment. The symptoms can be treated, and ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Moonyoung Chung
24 years experience in Ophthalmology
Conjunctivitis: Inflammation of the coonjunctival tissues that covers the whites of the eyes and under the lids, due to allergy, infection or toxic effect of medicin ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Saran
32 years experience in Ophthalmology
No: Bacterial keratitis or corneal ulcer is due to micro-trauma usually from contact lens use (over wear). It is not contagious.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience in Ophthalmology
Not much: She probably has a viral conjunctivitis. This is infectious and is transmitted by contact, usually after she might touch her eyes, then perhaps open ... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: This can be triggered by a variety of viruses that are picked up on the fingers touching contaminated areas in the environment.They can also be transf ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Levine
33 years experience in Pediatrics
Not usually: Bacterial pink eye (conjunctivitis) usually feels as though there may be something in the eye or may itch or tear.
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yale Kanter
60 years experience in Ophthalmology
Conjunctivitis: For a bacterial conjunctivitis sometimes a culture and slide smear are done to clarify the offending organism. Sometimes a slide smear is used to dif ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Conjunctivitis: " pink eye" generally is considered an infection of the eye causing inflammation of the lining or conjunctiva. Hence conjunctivitis.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rupp
20 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
No: Bacterial conjunctivits cannot develop into allergic conjunctivits. However, both problems can exist simultaneously. It is possible to have the bact ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience in Ophthalmology
Pus and edema: Bacterial conjunctivitis is not common in adults but occurs in children more often. I usually will have much more swelling, pus in the cul de sac, an ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yale Kanter
60 years experience in Ophthalmology
Conjunctivitis: The two names are sometimes used inter changeably.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
24 years experience in Ophthalmology
No: Blepharitis is an inflammatory condition, not an infectious one. It is not contagious.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal Raviv
Dr. Tal Raviv answered
25 years experience in Ophthalmology
Lid infection: An eyelid infection (usually bacterial overgrowth) affecting the eyelashes with spillover to the conjunctiva - the white part of the eye. It can be t ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: Pink eye, whether bacterial or viral is highly contagious through hand to hand and usually respiratory means.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
22 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
No: This medication would be used for bacterial conjunctivitis which can be a secondary complication of allergic conjunctivitis.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dieck
37 years experience in Ophthalmology
5 days: Erythromycin ointment is often used three to four times a day, for a five day course.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Notaroberto
28 years experience in Ophthalmology
Infections of the: conjunctiva, whether by virus or bacteria, are usually transmitted by direct contact. The infectious agent is not aerosolized thus it is is transporte ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience in Family Medicine
Depends on the cause: Conjunctivitis is an eye irritation that has many causes. Irritants (sand, etc): eyewash or removal allergens (pollens, etc): avoidance or moving aw ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Same: Both can be used to treat conjunctivitis, but ophthalmologist don't use these as often as primary care and emergency medicine providers.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
27 years experience in Pediatrics
None: It is viral and will resolve on its own.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
25 years experience in Ophthalmology
There are a few...: ... But you should discuss it with your eye doctor. Conjunctivitis is a term that describes inflammation of the skin over the white of the eye. It c ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Jackson
29 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Conjunctivitis: Is a self limited infection, antibiotic eye drops are given to shorten the course. Good hygeine, washing hands can prevent its spread.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Kira
20 years experience in Ophthalmology
Maybe: Remember conjunctivitis is a symptom - if you can successfully identify the causative agent and treat it then you should get well soon. A visit to yo ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Constad
40 years experience in Ophthalmology
Mast Cell Stabilizer: Cromolyn sodium 4%, or Alamast (pemirolast) are both in this category. It must be used on a regular basis to work well, and not just to treat symptoms ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Cohen
21 years experience in Sports Medicine
Not really: There is a genetic basis of allergic disease, but what you may be seeing is a seasonal variation due to the presence of specific pollen at certain tim ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasu Brown
33 years experience in Integrative Medicine
Coming in contact: Conjunctivitis spreads via secretions from body fluids of the infected person so proper hand washing techniques will reduce this spread.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasu Brown
33 years experience in Integrative Medicine
Home remedy: Just apply neosporin oint on top of eye lids - otc when you go to bed to prevent this.
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
55 years experience in Pediatrics
Conjunctivitis: Being exposed to someone with conjunctivitis does not necessarily imply that you will catch the infection. Having said that, after being exposed, do n ... Read More

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