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How do u get pink eye?

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Conjunctivitis: "pink eye" generally refers to a virally transmitted infection form human to human, generally related to common cold viruses. Secretions from an infected person are usually spread by hand to hand or eye transfer, coughing in one's face, sharing of utensils or other items, door handles, computer keyboards, ipads, etc.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Pink eye: Pink eye, broadly referred as " conjunctivitis" only means your eye is red. It can be caused by bacteria, viruses, allergies as well as chemical irritation. Therefore not all " pink eyes" are treated the same.
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
"Pink Eye" in the lay population is construed as an infection until proven otherwise. These "pink eyes" come to our clinics so that we can determine whether they truly have a contagious infection (usually viral) that nessitates their release from work or school, from the other non-infectious causes like allergy or chemical for example .
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A 48-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Matthew Goren
Ophthalmology 32 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 40-year-old member asked:

If u spit in somones eye can they get pink eye?

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Dr. Andrew Dahl
Ophthalmology 55 years experience
Yes: If the spitter has a respiratory virus, the eye can develop a viral infection.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are eye drops should I get for pink eye?

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Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 9 years experience
How bad?: Mild cases need only lubricating dops do not use the "take the red out" variety. More severe infections may benefit from antibiotic and or steroid drops.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What can I do to avoid getting pink eye in the other eye?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Wash hands: Pink eye is spread from eye to the other by touch. So wash your hands frequently and try not to touch your unaffected eye.
Virginia, MN
A 21-year-old female asked:

Can you get conjunctivitis (pink eye) more than once?

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Dr. Andrew Dahl
Ophthalmology 55 years experience
Yes: 'pink eye' is a lay term for a viral infection of the outside of the eye. Just as one can get a cold more than once, one can acquire viral conjunctivitis more than once. Recurrent conjunctivitis is more common in people who are contact lens wearers and those with immune system disorders.

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