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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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Dr. Tim Conrad
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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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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 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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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 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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How contagious is pink eye? How is it spread?

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 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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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the thin mucous membrane that lines the front surface of the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids. As the inflammation increases, it causes the tiny blood vessels in the conjunctiva to dilate, thus leading to a redness of the eye. Depending on the cause of the conjunctitis there can also be itching, irritation, and discharge ...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