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How would I know for sure if I have pink eye

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
16 years experience Ophthalmology
None really: Most "pinkeye" or conjunctivitis is actually viral, so eye drops, including antibiotics, are usually not effective. Viral conjunctivitis tends to run ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Possibly: If your eye gets red but 1)the vision is ok and 2)there is no pain or pus, then you can try the polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) which is a good ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Worth a visit: I have seen infections limited to the surface linings of the lid/eyeball. I have seen them invade the support tissue of the eye. I have also seen a ca ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
34 years experience Ophthalmology
Pink eye: Is usually in both eyes. The drainage tends to be watery (rather than thick) and you may have some swollen glands in front of your ears. Occasionall ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bonnie Bock
46 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes you may cook: Pink eye is usually caused by a virus, which can be spread to others with close contact. Postpone the dinner party if you can, but if you have to c ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
24 years experience Ophthalmology
Conjunctivitis: A pink eye can be due to many things. Classically a "pink eye" is due to viral conjunctivitis and can be very contagious with severe itchiness. If you ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
33 years experience Ophthalmology
Wait: Most cases will resolve without treatment within a week.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
26 years experience Ophthalmology
See docrtor: If the eye is pink you have "pink eye". There are many causes, bacteria, virus, allergies, see an eye doctor.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
See eyedoc: Pink eye is the common term for viral infection of the eye. It may affect one eye but commonly affects both. The eye is red, has a clear discharge, m ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Go to the Doctor: That sounds like a reason to make an appointment with your family doctor.
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