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

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Dr. James Carpenter
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 45 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.

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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?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 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...

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Last updated Oct 4, 2016

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