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can i safely use prescription drops for pink eye if i don't actually have pink eye?

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Dr. George Yang
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
No.: Some prescription eye drops, such as topical steroids, can be very dangerous if not used appropriately or is monitored..

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of pink eye?

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Dr. Lee Shahinian
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Several: Possible causes of pink eye (conjunctivitis) include bacterial or viral infection, allergic reaction, rosacea, dry eye, and autoimmune disease.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How does the doctor diagnose pink eye?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Several ways: Usually this is a clinical diagnosis it is based on the history given, the symptoms, the examination of the eye(s) the type of discharge, and other historical and exam findings. There are some rapid tests to determine if the infection is viral or bacterial. One can also do a smear of the discharge and stain it and determine the type by looking at the slide. Culture can be taken too!
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A 44-year-old member asked:

Are you allowed to go outside if you have pink eye?

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Dr. Bonnie Bock
Infectious Disease 47 years experience
Yes: Pink eye is due it infection of the eye. It can spread to othe people by close contact. Unless it irritates your eyes, you may go outside. Always use sunglasses to protect your eyes fom bright sunshine, whether you have pink eye or not.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

How does pink eye spread?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Infectious pinkeye: Most pink eye is due to virus and requires direct contact such as fingers to a doorknob, etc. It is not spread through the air like the common cold. It also requires a susceptible individual.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Is it dangerous to have pink eye ?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Pink eye: The usual form of pink eye termed conjunctivitis, is a viral illness with a discrete lifespan of 3-10 days. There is little danger as the body is effective at ridding itself of this pest. The major danger is "social" as you are at risk of spreading this to your friends and colleagues who will not appreciate that at all.

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