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how can i differentiate pink eye from allergic red eyes?

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Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Itching: Both pink eye (a highly contagious infection most often caused by viruses) and allergy eyes can be red, have copious amounts of drainage, and be mattered shut in the mornings. Itching may be the best way to differentiate between the two. Itch is a hallmark for allergic reactions; not much else involves the eyes, ears, nose, and throat like allergies. A doctor can help tell the difference too.
Dr. Ehsan Sadri
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Itchiness : Allergies tend to itch and non allergic don't.
Dr. Michael Kermani
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Also, if you have an allergy tendency or nasal or sinus congestion, the odds for allergy eyes are greater.
Dec 17, 2012

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