A 46-year-old member asked:
couldviral conjunctivitis (pink eye) become bacterial?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
No: True "pink eye" refers to bacterial conjunctivitis. Most of the conjunctivitis are caused by viruses.
Answered on Nov 6, 2012
Dr. James Ferguson answered
45 years experience Pediatrics
Word confusion: The lay and medical community both use overlapping terms for inflammatory conditions of the eye linings. If its pink, whether due to viruses, hair spray or bacteria, some will call it pink eye. Any goopy eye from non bacterial caused may become contaminated by bacteria over time most do not as the tears have some anti bacterial properties.
Answered on Oct 24, 2017
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