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A 45-year-old member asked:

what can be the cause of discolored eye discharge?

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Dr. Dustin Cupp
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Usually : One of 3 causes; bacterial or viral infection or allergies. Sometimes difficult to distinguish between the 3 causes, but viral conjunctivitis is usually occompainied by cold-like symptoms and allergic may be occompainied by other allergic symptoms like runny nose and sneezing. Bacterial usually has heavy drainage causing eye to be matted shut. If you have a painful red eye, see your doc urgently.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Lots of eye discharge. What is it?

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Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Conjunctivitis: Usually conjunctivitis.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What is the cause of eye discharge?

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Too vague: Usually viruses and bacteria. Sometimes blockage of tear duct.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What should I do when I have eye discharge?

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Dr. Ray Oyakawa
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See an eye doctor: This is most commonly due to an eye infection or allergies. There are other rarer causes. Please see an ophthalmologist.
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What can cause weird eye discharge and irritation?

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Retinal Surgery 19 years experience
Lots of reasons: It may be an eye infection like conjunctivitis. You need to see an eye doctor.
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What causes eye discharge?

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Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Multiple causes: It can be 2/2 viral or bacterial infection, inflammation, allergy, plugged tear duct, foreign body in the eye, and very dry eyes. The bacterial infection tend to have very thick yellow- green or green discharge.

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