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what is giant papillary conjuctivitis?

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Dr. Tony Ho
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Infectious Disease 14 years experience
See below: Also called contact lens papillary conjunctivis now, it is irritation caused by most commonly contact lens use. It is itching and instability as well as inability to wear contact lenses as long as before. Treated with proper contact lens hygiene and potentially steroids, if needed.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Is conjunctivitis contagious?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Can be: Depends on the type. Pink eye (viral) is highly contagious and necessitates good hygiene during treatment.
A 27-year-old member asked:

How can I treat my 11 month old with conjunctivitis?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
See her doctor: Conjunctivits in infants is not something to try treating on your own. Although some forms may not be infectious, those that are can cause serious damage if untreated. This should be evaluated by a general or pediatric eye doctor.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How can you get rid of recurring conjunctivitis?

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Dr. Theodore Leng
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Depends on the cause: If you have recurring conjuctivitis, it could be caused by many things. Allergies (seasonal or environmental), eyelid inflammation (blepharitis), chronic infection (staph), or even eyelid cancer are among some of the causes. An evaluation by an ophthalmologist is warranted.
A 53-year-old member asked:

Can you explain how the body responds to conjunctivitis?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Not in 400 char. :): That is a tough question that would take a full page, but essentially conjunctivitis is inflammation of the clear skin over the white of the eye. It is actually the body's response to either an allergen, infection or other attack on it. Blood vessels engorge and white blood cells enter the area, releasing chemicals to fight the intruder. This leads to the swelling and redness.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What causes conjunctivitis in babies?

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Dr. Theodore Leng
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Infections and Chem: Newborns can get conjuctivitis from chemicals (prophylaxis for infections at birth), bacteria (gonorrhea, chlamydia), or viruses (herpes). Any large amount of discharge and red/watery eyes should prompt an exam by a physician.

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