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Bacterial vs viral conjunctivitis appearance?

Bacterial vs viral conjunctivitis appearance?

Pus and edema: Bacterial conjunctivitis is not common in adults but occurs in children more often. I usually will have much more swelling, pus in the cul de sac, and much crusting and debris. Viral conjunctivitis is often bilateral, makes the eyes red all over, and has a clear to yellowish secretion but not pus (which is cloudy white). Your ophthalmologist can make this distinction and given you the best rx. ...Read more

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Bacterial conjunctivitis cure?

Bacterial conjunctivitis cure?

A few things: Your own immune system, flushing the eye with eye saline and antibiotics. ...Read more

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Could bacterial conjunctivitis develop into allergic conjunctivitis?

Could bacterial conjunctivitis develop into allergic conjunctivitis?

No: Bacterial conjunctivits cannot develop into allergic conjunctivits. However, both problems can exist simultaneously. It is possible to have the bacterial conjunctivitis resolve and the allergies continue. Also, if no culture was done of the stuff from your eye, it is possible that you never had a bacterial conjunctivits and that it was allergies all the time. ...Read more

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Is bacterial conjunctivitis more contagious than viral conjunctivitis?

Is bacterial conjunctivitis more contagious than viral conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: No, viral conjunctivitis is more contagious than bacterial conjunctivitis. Bacterial conjunctivitis tends not to be contagious unless the surface of the eye is damaged. ...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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Bacterial keratitis contagious?

Bacterial keratitis contagious?

No: Bacterial keratitis or corneal ulcer is due to micro-trauma usually from contact lens use (over wear). It is not contagious. ...Read more

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How contagious is viral conjunctivitis in comparison to bacterial conjunctivitis?

How contagious is viral conjunctivitis in comparison to bacterial conjunctivitis?

Infections of the: conjunctiva, whether by virus or bacteria, are usually transmitted by direct contact. The infectious agent is not aerosolized thus it is is transported by either fluid or mucous. ...Read more

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Can rubbing eyes cause bacterial conjunctivitis?

Can rubbing eyes cause bacterial conjunctivitis?

Unlikely: The eyes are pretty terrific at fighting off potential invaders. Most conjunctivitis is due to viruses. Bacterial usually requires underlying breaks in the defense such as trauma, recent surgery and immunologic deficiency. Rubbing by itself will not cause bacterial infection. If your hands are somehow infected and there is a break in the defense it is possible. Avoid rubbing and wash hands. ...Read more

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Best eye drops for bacterial conjunctivitis?

Best eye drops for bacterial conjunctivitis?

None: All conjunctivitis, bacterial and viral, is self-limiting. This means that they will get better without treatment. The symptoms can be treated, and antibiotics may decrease the duration of infection in some cases. ...Read more

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Are bacterial infections contagious?

Are bacterial infections contagious?

Not the "infections": All bacteria are contagious, meaning that one person can smear some of his bacteria onto another's skin or other body part. The bacteria can then die, multiply on the surface (colonize the surface), or damage the person's cells and body parts (start an infection). No infection occurs in many cases, meaning the "infection" did not spread to the person even though the "bacteria" did spread to him. ...Read more

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Are bacterial infections contagious?

Are bacterial infections contagious?

Sometimes: Some bacterial infections are, like strep throat, or pink eye, but many develop that are not really contagious, like sinusitis, cellulitis, or diverticulitis. If you have a concern, you should discuss the specifics with your doctor. It is also always a good idea to always wash your hands or use hand sanitizer, whenever you are out, like shopping, airports, grocery stores etc to minimize risks. ...Read more

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Virus or bacterial infection?

Virus or bacterial infection?

Yes?: What is the question? Both viruses and bacteria and other types of organisms can produce infection. If you have a specific issue, write back. ...Read more

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Which is more common: viral or bacterial conjunctivitis?

Which is more common: viral or bacterial conjunctivitis?

Viral: is easily the most common and that is why antibiotics are rarely necessary for conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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How can chlamydia cause bacterial conjunctivitis?

How can chlamydia cause bacterial conjunctivitis?

Chlamydia: Chalmydia trachomatis is a bacteria that causes conjunctivitis and is spread by direct or indirect (through objects like towels) contact with eye or respiratory secretions. The infection of the eye leads to inflammation of the conjunctiva, or conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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Is bacterial vaginosis contagious ?

Is bacterial vaginosis contagious ?

Transmission of BV: Excellent question -- without a clear answer. BV acts like an STD (more common in people with STDs or at risk) but treating male sex partners doesn't prevent recurrence. However, condoms may help prevent new episodes. BV is definitely transmitted sexually in lesbians who share vaginal fluids via fingers, sex toys, etc. It definitely is not contagious by nonsexual contact, e.g. shared bathroom. ...Read more

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Bacterial conjunctivitis from throat infection, what to do?

Bacterial conjunctivitis from throat infection, what to do?

M.D. visit/mgt: If you have been diagnosed with a bacterial illness, monitoring your temperature, staying hydrated and letting your physician know about persistent or worsening symptoms while on an antibiotic is advised. Certain viral infections may cause severe respiratory, throat and eye infections as well. These are typically not associated with a lot of discharge or mucus production from the lung. ...Read more

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