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A 38-year-old member asked:

How does someone get pink eye?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Contagious disease: "pink eye" is an infection as the term is commonly used.It is usually spread by contact-thus good handwashing is needed.Also thru respiratory droplets in the air.It is a contagious disease with a number of causes.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Pink Eye: Pink eye is conjunctivitis. It can be caused by things like viruses (common cold), bacteria, allergies, foreign body in the eye & chemical exposures.

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A member asked:

Can you get pink eye from kissing someone?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Fried
Nutrition 37 years experience
Closeness YES: The closeness of someone can cause pinkeye. Certain viruses such as adenovirus are airborne droplets. In close contact with someone who has this virus ( such as kissing) you can get close enough to come in contact with the virus in the air or on their skin.
Virginia Beach, VA
A 31-year-old female asked:

Can someone be immune to pink eye? And if so why and how?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Alan Jackson
Addiction Medicine 31 years experience
There is no immunity: from pink eye. One interesting fact is that pink eye is usually self limiting, resolving with out treatment in about two weeks. Good hygeine will have less of a chance of getting pink eye.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How could someone get pink eye if u get farted on?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
No : Multiple studies investigating the development of pink eye after being farted on have failed to demonstrate any relationship. I hear the national eye institute is now performing a multi-center study on fart-related pink eye but the results aren't known yet.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can you get pink eye from a cat?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jodi Luchs
LASIK Surgery 31 years experience
No: It is very unlikely to transmit pink eye from a cat to a human.
Dr. Yale Kanter
Dr. Yale Kanter commented
Ophthalmology 62 years experience
If you pick up the appropriate bacterial contaminant from any pet and inoculate this on or in your eye you can get a bacterial pink eye conjunctivitis.
Aug 30, 2013
A 40-year-old member asked:

How do I know exactly what is pink eye and how does someone catch it?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Malinchak
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Pink eye: It can be caused by either a virus or a bacteria. It is transmitted through the hands of an infected individual touching an unaffected person and then that person touches their eye(s).

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