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A 49-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 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 25 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 36-year-old member asked:

Do I have to stay home from school tomorrow because I have conjunctivitis (pink eye)?

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Dr. Becky White
Pediatrics 20 years experience
No: Pink eye is cause by rubbing cold virus into your eye. It's no more contagious than the cold so most state health departments will let you attend school as long as you have a note from your doctor. Remember, don't rub your nose and then touch your eyes!
Dr. Judy Orton
Dr. Judy Orton commented
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Antibiotics are NOT needed. If the symptoms are not better in 48 hours have your child seen by her doctor.
Nov 24, 2011
A 32-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 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.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can u get vaginal sores from shaving pubic hair?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
No.: You can get infection at the site of hair follicles, but you cannot get sores vaginally. You need to be seen by a doctor who can check your herpes viral titers.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik commented
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Not unless you use a chemical whichnentersnthe vaginal cavity for a prolonged period and causes mucosal ulceration
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Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik commented
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
It is possible if the shaving cream you use enters the vaginal cavity and sits there for a prolonged period causing mucosal inflammation and/or ulceration
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A 37-year-old member asked:

How long does pink eye associated with conjunctivitis last?

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Dr. Christopher Calendine
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Bacterial Course: Conjunctivis caused by bacteria can cause thick drainage from eye. With use of antibiotic drop, drainage clears within 72 hrs and eye redness may continue 7-10 days with gradual improvement. After using eyedrops for 24 hours, and if pus is minimal, children can return to day care or school.
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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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