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A 46-year-old member asked:

What could i do to determine if i have pink eye/conjunctivitis?

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Dr. (Liz)Phuong Tran
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Depends: Pink eye can be from bacteria, virus or allergy with chemical irritation since it defines as inflammation of membranes -conjunctiva.It is best to see doctor for proper med.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Your dr can confirm: diagnosis. Pink eye is conjunctivitis. It can be caused by things like viruses (common cold), bacteria, allergies, foreign body in the eye & chemical exposures. Pink eye symptoms can effect one or both eyes. They many include redness &/or itchiness, increased tearing, discharge & gritty sensation.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

How to determine if I have pink eye?

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Dr. Richard Carlin
Ophthalmology 50 years experience
See your doctor: The symptoms of pink eye are redness and discharge of the affected eye. The vision is usually not affected and there is no pain, light sensitivity or foreign body sensation unless the cornea is involved. To find out definitely if you have "pink eye" see an ophthalmologist.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Is it pink eye, conjunctivitis or blepharitis?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Conjunctivitis: " pink eye" generally is considered an infection of the eye causing inflammation of the lining or conjunctiva. Hence conjunctivitis.
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.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the pathogen that causes pink eye (conjunctivitis)?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Virus: There are a number of viruses that can cause pink eye. Adenovirus is the most common one. Less commonly, conjunctivitis is caused by bacteria.
Virginia, MN
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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