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Can you catch conjunctivitis?

Can you catch conjunctivitis?

Yes you can: A majority of infectious conjunctivitis is caused by viruses- the better known one is adenovirus (aka pink eye). This is highly contagious and can be spread by touch. By not washing their hands and contacting their eyes, a person who is exposed to an infected patient can get it. ...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


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

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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How can you ease suspected conjunctivitis until the doctor appt?

How can you  ease suspected conjunctivitis until the doctor appt?

Artificial tears: Artificial tears are sometimes soothing enough to ease the discomfort of conjunctivitis. Try not to touch your eye with the dropper or you can contaminate the bottle. ...Read more

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How can you tell whether conjunctivitis is caused by allergies, virus, or bacteria?

How can you tell whether conjunctivitis is caused by allergies, virus, or bacteria?

It is difficult: This is something that is best left to the professionals. Although we are taught about signs that are specific to each form of conjunctivitis, they can sometimes overlap or not be present at all. An eye doctor can look at the history of your illness and perform a careful examination to determine the most likely cause. ...Read more

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Can having conjunctivitis make you severely ill?

Cold: Cold or flue virus can cause conjunctivitis. Most of the time people have some cold symptom with viral conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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Can allergic conjunctivitis harm you?

No: It is irritating and you need to find and get rid of the cause. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV and conjunctivitis at the same time?

Can you get HIV and conjunctivitis at the same time?

Yes: These are separate diseases caused by separate viruses. They can occur independently and occasionally at the same time. Having one does not immunize you against the other. ...Read more