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A 32-year-old member asked:

what's the difference between viral conjunctivitis and pink eye?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Usually the same: Most "pink eye" is caused by viral conjunctivitis, in which case they're the same. However, a bacterial conjunctivitis, though less common, could cause the same symptoms and be referred to as pink eye, and there are other conditions that can make the eye look red.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How to tell if I have pink eye or something worse?

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Dr. Alan Jackson
Addiction Medicine 30 years experience
Pink eye: Pink eye presents with discharge , redness and swelling of the eye. Many people think that if the eye is red it is pink eye - this is not true. Redness of the eye can signify something as simple as dry eyes or as severe as inflammation inside the eye. The difference is the discharge with pink eye.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Are there any foods you should eat while having pink eye?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
I can't think of any: What foods would have to do with an eye infection is a bit beyond me.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Can you get pink eye from putting cucumbers on your eye?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Whitman
Ophthalmology 45 years experience
Not typically: Unless you are allergic to cucumbers, this should not cause an infection.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How long does pink eye live on surfaces?

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Dr. Andrew Dahl
Ophthalmology 55 years experience
48 hours: "pink eye" is caused by a virus, which can only live inside cells. Surfaces, if dry, will have no viral replication after 48 hours.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Whats a good over-the-counter medicine thats cheap for pink eye?

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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Artificial tears!: There really is not an over the counter med good for pink eye. Pink eye is typically caused by a virus and any drops only help with the symptoms while the condition runs its course. You can use preservative free artificial tears as frequent as you like if the provide comfort. Cool compresses may help also. Be careful to wash your hands and not spread the pink eye to others.

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