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A 27-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to catch pink eye from another person who only had an ear infection?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Rare but possible: The cold virus can be transferred to the eye from direct contact (touching an infected person or an object with the virus on it) or contact with airborne virus (from a sneeze or breath). Although it is unlikely for a viral ear infection to pass to someone's eye, the virus can last on surfaces for several hours. If they touch their ear, then you touch them, and then your eye, it is possible...
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Pink: Possibly. Since pinkeye is often caused by a cold virus (adenovirus strain), that virus may cause both eye and ear infection. Keep your hands clean at all times, and do not rub your eyes...
Dr. John Goldenberg
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
No: Pink eye is viral and from contact with another individual with a viral conjunctivitis.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral &Maxillofacial Surgery 19 years experience
Great answer. I agree 100%
Dec 5, 2012

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Could you catch pink eye from another person who only had an ear infection?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Carpenter
Child Abuse Pediatrics 46 years experience
Not likely: Most pink eye is caused by viruses that cause conjunctivitis with or without other symptoms such as runny nose. Ear infections often follow coughs and colds. Conjunctivitis can also be allergic, irritant or bacterial.
Last updated Oct 4, 2016


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