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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) (Overview)

"Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. "Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight.


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

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

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Tim Conrad
622 doctors shared insights

Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) (Overview)

"Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. "Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight.


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Is using the same pair of contacts after pink eye / conjunctivitis considered safe?

Is using the same pair of contacts after pink eye / conjunctivitis  considered safe?

No: I would avoid re-using soft contact lenses and solutions that were open during an episode of conjunctivitis. It is so infectious that even a small droplet can be contagious and you can end up having another episode of conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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Pink eye (conjunctivitis) (Tip)

Make sure to tell your doctor if you have an autoimmune condition when discussing pink eye symptoms. ...See more

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Treating Pink Eye (Checklist)

Wash your hands frequently
Daily
See your doctor to determine if your pink eye is allergic, viral, or bacterial
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Do not use someone else's eye drops
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Could you tell me what good remedies do you know for treating pink eye (conjunctivitis)?

Could you tell me what good remedies do you know for treating pink eye (conjunctivitis)?

Depends: Depends on the organism causing the infection. You may need anti-viral if herpetic, mild steroid if viral, antibiotic (plus or minus steroid) if bacterial, anti-fungal if fungus. You need an exam to determine. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Wieder Dr. Wieder
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Pink eye (conjunctivitis) (Tip)

Since pink eye can be very contagious, try to avoid direct contact with others. ...See more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Treating a Lazy Eye (Checklist)

Wear glasses to protect your lazy eye
Once
Get an annual eye exam
Yearly
If your condition is severe, use low vision aids
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Questions about pink eye/conjunctivitis? Does it always need to be treated? Is it contageous?

Questions about pink eye/conjunctivitis? Does it always need to be treated? Is it contageous?

Sometimes: Conjunctivitis can be bacterial, in which case it's contagious and needs to be treated with antibiotics. It can be viral, and then it's sometimes treated with medicines for inflammation. Viral conjunctivitis is contagious too. It can be allergic and treated with antihistamines, but allergic conjunctivitis is not contagious. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Wieder Dr. Wieder
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Pink eye (conjunctivitis) (Tip)

Since pink eye can be contagious, avoid contact with others until your symptoms get better. ...See more

Dr. William Dieck Dr. Dieck
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Treating Eye Injuries (Checklist)

Seek immediate medical attention
Once
If it's a chemical exposure, rinse your eye with water for 15 minutes
Once
Do not rub your eye
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Is it pink eye, conjunctivitis or blepharitis?

Is it pink eye, conjunctivitis or blepharitis?

Conjunctivitis: " pink eye" generally is considered an infection of the eye causing inflammation of the lining or conjunctiva. Hence conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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

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

Pink eye: Pink eye is conjunctivitis. It can be caused by things like viruses (common cold), bacteria, allergies, foreign body in the eye & chemical exposures. ...Read more

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Pink eye (conjunctivitis) (Tip)

Pink eye may actually be a more serious condition like iritis. Check in with your eyemd. ...See more

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Managing Eye Twitching (Checklist)

Reduce caffeine intake
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Reduce alcohol intake
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What to do if I have pink eye (conjunctivitis), what happens if I don't get treatment?

Not to worry: There are a number of viruses which cause this and the length of infection can be from 5-10 days. There is no specific treatment; just drops for comfort. Almost all clear without treatment.If you are ten days or more out and still have the problem, go back to your ophthalmologist for a second look. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Pink eye (conjunctivitis) (Tip)

Let your doctor know that the pain and itching in your eye is getting worse. ...See more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover your eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels separately with hot water
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Is pink eye (bacterial conjunctivitis) painful?

Not usually: Bacterial pink eye (conjunctivitis) usually feels as though there may be something in the eye or may itch or tear. ...Read more

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Can pink eye (bacterial conjunctivitis) supposed to be painful?

Can pink eye (bacterial conjunctivitis) supposed to be painful?

Can be: Bacterial conjunctivitis can be painful or irritating, however if the pain is severe or coupled by blurring, sensitivity to light or associated with local swelling then there may be other underlying conditions requiring further investigation with a trained eye doctor. ...Read more

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Pink eye (conjunctivitis) (Tip)

It's contagious so wash your hands often, especially after touching the affected eye. ...See more

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How long does pink eye associated with conjunctivitis last?

How long does pink eye associated with conjunctivitis last?

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. ...Read more

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

Pink Eye: Yes. Of course. There are numerous viruses and other infectious bugs. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Pink eye (conjunctivitis) (Tip)

See your eye doctor before it spreads to others. ...See more

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How many days before the symptoms of conjunctivitis/pink eye start is it contagious?

How many days before the symptoms of conjunctivitis/pink eye start is it contagious?

Varies: Bacterial pink eye is usually pretty fast. Your eye comes in contact with the germ, it grows, and you have symptoms. Viruses can incubate for days, weeks, or months before symptoms begin. Allergies begin when you are exposed to the substance to which you are allergic. Bacteria and viruses are contagious. Allergies are not. ...Read more

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

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

School rules!?: Depends on school rules. Some make you stay home until you've taken antibiotics for at least 1 day. Doesn't make sense since most pink eye is caused by viruses, which antibiotics don't treat. But school rules are rules. Otherwise, you can go to school. You're contagious as long as your eyes are goopy or you cough/sneeze. Be nice. Cover your mouth/nose. Wash hands. A lot. ...Read more

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Pink eye (conjunctivitis) (Tip)

It's most commonly a virally contagious infection. Avoid contact with others and your other eye. ...See more

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Can I have conjunctivitis (pink eye) without having any pinkness or redness in my eyes?

Possibly: Pink eye, or epidemic keratoconjunctivitis, by definition causes red eyes. As the infection starts to heal, the pink tinge of the conjunctiva (skin over the white of the eye) may diminish to a point where it appears normal, but you may still be contagious. A rule of thumb is that as long as you do not look or feel 100% normal, you may still be infected and contagious. ...Read more

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Couldviral conjunctivitis (pink eye) become bacterial?

Couldviral conjunctivitis (pink eye) become bacterial?

Word confusion: The lay and medical community both use overlapping terms for inflammatory conditions of the eye linings. If its pink, whether due to viruses, hair spray or bacteria, some will call it pink eye. Any goopy eye from non bacterial caused may become contaminated by bacteria over time most do not as the tears have some anti bacterial properties. ...Read more

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Hello, I was diagnosed with conjunctivitis (pink eye), but I have no redness or discharge. How is that possible?

Hello, I was diagnosed with conjunctivitis (pink eye), but I have no redness or discharge. How is that possible?

What symptoms?: You must have seen an ophthalmologist ( I hope not another type of doctor) for this diagnosis. It would be unusual to have pink eye without redness or discharge. Perhaps you need a second look or a second opinion. Especially if you are having other symptoms such as vision loss or light sensitivity. ...Read more

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Blurred vision after conjunctivitis (pink eye), what to do?

Blurred vision after conjunctivitis (pink eye), what to do?

Blurred vision: Blurred vision is a very uncommon result of a conjunctivitis. If this occurs, it should be evaluated by a trained eye doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Harvey Fishman Dr. Fishman
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Pink eye (conjunctivitis) (Tip)

Don't assume its bacterial. It could be associated with an autoimmune condition. Do see an eyemd. ...See more

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I have bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye), I have antibiotic drops for it and I am applying every two hours. When can I wear eye make up?

I have bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye), I have antibiotic drops for it and I am applying every two hours. When can I wear eye make up?

After treatment: The best thing is to wait until the infection is completely clear, and the antibiotics are finished. You may need to replace your eye make up as well. If you were using it when you got the infection, bacteria may have contaminated the eye make-up. Using it again may re-infect your eyes. ...Read more

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Pink eye (conjunctivitis) (Tip)

Seek medical evaluation and treatment. Frequent handwashing is essential. ...See more

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What happens when you apply antibiotics eye ointment on viral conjunctivitis (pink eye)?

No improvement: Viral conjunctivitis doesn't respond to antibiotics. If you apply antibiotic ointment when there's a viral infection, the pink eye will remain pink & will only improve with time. Cool compresses may help. The risk of using antibiotics in the eye when not necessary include: possible allergic reaction (eye may get redder/swollen) & possibly developing resistance to that antibiotic in the future. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

A highly contangious condition in which the eyeball and ...Read more