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viral or bacterial conjunctivitis the difference

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Windisch
25 years experience Pediatrics
Source of infection: One is caused by any of a number or viruses, the other is caused by any of a number of bacteria. Bacterial conjunctivitis responds to antibiotics, vi ... Read More

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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
25 years experience Pediatrics
Conjunctivitis : Viral conjunctivitis often involves both eyes and does not improve with oral or topical antibiotics. Bacterial forms usually starts in one eye, is ass ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
18 years experience Family Medicine
Bacterial: In general, bacterial conjunctivitis will present with purulent discharge that occurs at the lid margins and in the corner of the eye. The discharge ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
Hard to guess: Watery eyes or clear mucus is more likely non-bacterial. Pink eye is usually a viral infection, sometimes allergies, sometimes a bacterial infection, ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hussain Elhalis
11 years experience Ophthalmology
Viral: is easily the most common and that is why antibiotics are rarely necessary for conjunctivitis.
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Solomon Gelbart
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Sometimes difficult: Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis can be difficult to distinguish. Viral are more common, are usually bilateral, and typically come along with a col ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ravi Nerella
24 years experience Hospital-based practice
No.: No.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Fishburn
30 years experience Ophthalmology
Clinically: A history and clinical examination is essentially all that is needed to diagnose a bacterial or viral conjunctivitis. infrequently, conjunctival cult ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christine Hom
30 years experience Pediatrics
Conjunctivitis: Conjunctivitis is very contagious. Wash hands frequently - both of you! and keep hands away from your face. Wash hands again after touching your ow ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ravi Nerella
24 years experience Hospital-based practice
Unlikely: Conjunctivitis while contagious is not transmitted sexually, it is transmitted by being exposed to the secretions from the eye or touching items the i ... Read More
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