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A 49-year-old member asked:

What should you do when you have conjunctivitis or pink eye?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Pink eye!: You need to identify the underlying cause. Is it infectious (viral, bacterial, fungal), allergic, dry eye, or some other systemic or autoimmune condition. Try artificial tears and oral omega-3's (evoa dry eye supplements). You may need prescription drops, see an eye md.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Doctor can: differentiate. Antibiotic eye drops can be used to treat bacterial pink eye. Most viral conjunctivitis does not require treatment (but antiviral meds may used if it is a herpes simplex virus infection). Allergic conjunctivitis may be treated with mast cell stabilizers or antihistamines.

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A 21-year-old female asked:

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

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Dahl
Ophthalmology 56 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.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Is it pink eye, conjunctivitis or blepharitis?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Conjunctivitis: " pink eye" generally is considered an infection of the eye causing inflammation of the lining or conjunctiva. Hence conjunctivitis.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between viral conjunctivitis and pink eye?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Usually the same: Most "pink eye" is caused by viral conjunctivitis, in which case they're the same. However, a bacterial conjunctivitis, though less common, could cause the same symptoms and be referred to as pink eye, and there are other conditions that can make the eye look red.

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