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i have a family member over my house who has pink eye, how can i prevent myself from getting infected?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Touching eyes: Wash your hands often, keep them away from your face, wash all surfaces, avoid contact with the infected person, don't share face cloths, towels, mascara or eye products, don't share pillows or bed clothing and just be cautious.
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Disinfect!: The most common cause of pink eye is adenovirus. It can be found living on doorknobs or other surfaces up to 7 weeks after an exposure. It is highly contagious. Have the guest wash their hands frequently and have all others in the house do the same. I would also disinfect with an antiviral cleaning agent. That's your best hope.

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I suffer with chrohns and I have a colostomy and the skin around the stoma burns so bad that it brings tears to my eyes. Do you have any suggestions?

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Thick nasal mucus - I have to blow my nose very hard to get the plug feeling out, it is commonly very thick, white (not clear). Should I be concern?

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If I had a seizure 14 years ago in my sleep with my eyes just rolling no convulsions what kind would that be all my records were lost?

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Back off: Jeff - please find yourself a good doctor to talk to face to face. Do not keep sending the same questions. Set your mind at ease and resolve your conflicts. That will be the only way to resolve your concerns!

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