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Can pink eye be spread through your saliva?

Can pink eye be spread through your saliva?

Prob not: That's a good question. My answer is probably not. Unless a tear contaminated your saliva and was transferred immediately. My guess is, it wouldn't survive too long in the saliva due to all the enzymes that are there. ...Read more

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Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) (Definition)

"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. ...Read more


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Can I get pink eye from my saliva?

Can I get pink eye from my saliva?

Yes: Pink eye,or conjunctivitis which may b bacterial, viral or fungal, is spread By direct contact with an infected individual's secretions, usually through hand-to-eye contact; or spread of the infection from bacteria living in the person's own nose/sinus. If you are infected by a virus or bacterium, if you get your saliva in your eye you could become infected, much same way as someone coughing on u ...Read more

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I'm with cold with severe transparent cough, only this symptom, If my saliva or nose secretion enter In contact with my eye, can I develop Pink Eye?

I'm with cold with severe transparent cough, only this symptom, If my saliva or nose secretion enter In contact with my eye, can I develop Pink Eye?

Only proper virus: Most respiratory viruses that cause the common cold, will not affect the eye. There are a few that can infect both systems. It seems you have a cold which is lodged deeper in the respiratory system (thus the cough) and this is unlikely to affect your eyes. ...Read more

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If someone without Pink Eye is talking to me, then a little particles of his saliva enter my eye, or near my eye, can i get pink eye? Whats the chance

If someone without Pink Eye is talking to me, then a little particles of his saliva enter my eye, or near my eye, can i get pink eye? Whats the chance

Small. Our eyes get: exposed to microbes every day but they have the ability to ward off infection most of the time. Even a direct hit from someone's saliva bacteria is unlikely to cause infection. Only direct contact or transfer from your hands to your eyes causes a risk of pinkeye. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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I have a 15 month old son he has fever, rash everywhere, blisters around mouth, pink eye and drooling is this strep or something else?

I have a 15 month old son he has fever, rash everywhere, blisters around mouth, pink eye and drooling is this strep or something else?

Maybe,maybe not: Can only be sure with an exam & testing.If the kid is feeding ok & not too stressed out this can wait a couple days.If things look bad & kids not drinking i would have him seen sooner. ...Read more

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I thought i had pink eye but i woke up the next day and it was foggy and its getting worse its like i can't see through a thick fog during the day and night

I thought i had pink eye but i woke up the next day and it was foggy and its getting worse its like i can't see through a thick fog during the day and night

Many causes: You need an examination ASAP. There are Many causes for your symptoms & your problem depends on your history, medical condition, contact lens wear etc. An examination will help to diagnose & provide treatment. Infection, inflammation, internal ocular problems are considerations. If you notice much discharge, irrigate with an eye rinse & cleanse eyelashes with warm water. Artificial tears may help ...Read more

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How to treat pink eye before you spread it?

Most are viral: When around other people don't get close and do not touch them, particularly when you have touched your eye. There is no specific treatment if this is viral (unless it is herpes), and if there is pus, it is getting worse, or it is affecting your vision see an eye doctor asap. ...Read more

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I have had viral pink eye in one eye for six days. It has now spread to my other eye. Can I expect the same amount of time for the new eye to heal.

I have had viral pink eye in one eye for six days. It has now spread to my other eye.  Can I expect the same amount of time for the new eye to heal.

Might be faster: Now that your immune system has experience fighting that virus the second eye might heal more quickly. Some things that may speed healing: Adequate rest, a good multivitamin, Vit C 1000 mg 3x/day, avoid sweets. Get eyebright tea and apply warm compresses with it. Get Sovereign Silver at health food store and apply 1-2 drops every 2-3 hours. Similisan homeopathic eyedrops also help many. Good luck! ...Read more

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How does pink eye spread?

How does pink eye spread?

Prevent spread: Now that you know how it is spread, work to prevent spreading to those around you. Wash your hands a lot! don't shake hands, share pens, towels or pillows. Wash your hands again! the best thing you can do is not give this to your family friends and coworkers. ...Read more

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Can pink eye always spread to both eyes?

No: Pink eye is often caused by a viral infection, or sometime bacteria, and if you avoid touching the eyes, it might remain in only one eye. ...Read more

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How contagious is pink eye? How is it spread?

Extremely: Another term for pink eye (viral conjunctivitis) is epidemic keratoconjunctivitis, emphasis on "epidemic." the virus is found in the tears and can survive on surfaces (tabletops, chairs, etc.) for many days. If you touch this surface and then touch your eye you can get the disease. Frequent hand washing and cleaning such surfaces can reduce transmission. It is not spread by other bodily fluids. ...Read more

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How long does it take for pink eye to spread?

Not long: Pink eye is highly contagious and can spread quickly. You need to see your doc and get treated right away. In the mean time, make sure to wash your hands frequently. ...Read more

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For how long does it take for pink eye to spread?

For how long does it take for pink eye to spread?

Conjunctivitis: Viral conjunctivitis is very contagious often for 10-12 days depending on the virus. Protect others by washing your hands, avoid contact, sharing towels, avoid rubbing your eyes. ...Read more

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How long will viral pink eye last? It started in left eye on day 1 and spread to right eye on day 3. Currently on day 5 and both eyes are infected

How long will viral pink eye last? It started in left eye on day 1 and spread to right eye on day 3. Currently on day 5 and both eyes are infected

Secondary infection: Usually viral pink eye resolves in a couple of days. You might have a secondary bacterial infection. You may need antibacterial eye drops to clear the infection. ...Read more

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Why my pink eye hasn't gone away after 3 months?

Why my pink eye hasn't gone away after 3 months?

See Eye MD: It's probably not pink eye if it has lasted this long. See an ophthalmologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have pink eye. What happens if I don't get treatment?

I have pink eye. What happens if I don't get treatment?

Nothing: Takes longer to recover. Sometimes can have subepithelial corneal infiltrates. Steroids may help to heal faster. Most often resolve on their own with time. ...Read more

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

No.: Some prescription eye drops, such as topical steroids, can be very dangerous if not used appropriately or is monitored.. ...Read more

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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

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My 4 year Olds eyes are really red. He says they aren't bothering him but I'm concerned is pink eye. What should I do?

My 4 year Olds eyes are really red. He says they aren't bothering him but I'm concerned is pink eye. What should I do?

Would need to see: pink eye is a clinical diagnosis and while explaining the appearance of the eyes can sometimes work, having a doctor look at your son's eyes would be able to make the diagnosis. You may be able to consult with a doctor through healthtap for a live chat or you can see your pediatrician. There are treatments available for some forms of pink eye. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


Saliva (Definition)

The clear, viscous fluid secreted by the salivary and mucous glands in the mouth. Saliva contains water, mucin, organic salts, and the digestive enzyme ptyalin. It serves to moisten the oral cavity, to initiate the digestion of starches, and to aid in the chewing and swallowing of food. Approximately 1 to 1.5 l ...Read more