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A 43-year-old member asked:

How do doctors determine if it's pink eye or allergies?

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Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Timecourse: "pink eye, " or viral conjunctivitis, typically runs it's course in 7-10 days. Allergic conjunctivitis is more chronic. Both result in red, itchy eyes. To confirm the diagnosis, and to be sure it isn't something more serious, you should see an ophthalmologist.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What should I do for my allergies or pink eye?

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Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Drops: For pink eye- i prefer pataday. Also cold compresses.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between allergies and pink eye?

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Dr. Lily Hwang
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 18 years experience
Both eyes vs 1 eye: Not a hard fast rule but usually allergies affect both eyes at the same time and is intensely itchy. Viral or bacterial conjunctivitis usually affects one eye first and not that itchy. An infected eye also may produce mucous or pus like secretions.

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Last updated May 1, 2013

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