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Can you get pink eye from kissing someone?

Can you get pink eye from kissing someone?

Where r u kissing?: Most acute conjunctivitis (/="pink eye") is from a virus. Some notice 'common cold' type symptoms, others don't. Could transmit this virus by kissing and then later (cpl-few days) get pink eye, but not highly likely. Much more likely person w/it touched/rubbed eye-->got virus on hand-->held person's hand / touched their face / etc.-->they got infected. ...Read more

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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I kissed my boyfriend yesterday at 11am. He realized he had pink eye at 1 in the am. Will I get it?

I kissed my boyfriend yesterday at 11am. He realized he had pink eye at 1 in the am. Will I get it?

Maybe: It's possible you will get pink eye. Viral and bacterial pinkeye are contagious and they spread very easily. If you get pink eye and it's mild treatment is usually symptomatic and easy. If it is more severe you should get a check-up. Please contact me if I can be of further help. ...Read more

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How do you get pink eye?

How do you get pink eye?

Most commonly viral: "pinkeye" is a general term for inflammation of the white of the eye, or conjunctivitis. It is often viral, but can be bacterial or even allergic. Some forms of viral pinkeye can be quite debilitating, even leading to visual loss. Recent antiviral medications have proved quite effective against the more severe forms of conjunctivitis, so be sure to see your eye doctor at the first signs. ...Read more

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Can you get pink eye from hot tub?

Can you get pink eye from hot tub?

Yes: Poorly chlorinated hot tubs and pools can harbor bacteria that can cause infections. ...Read more

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Can you get pink eye from a handjob then touching your face?

Can you get pink eye from a handjob then touching your face?

Bacterial "pink eye": More commonly people can get a bacterial conjuctivitis if your partner has an untreated std such as gonorrhea, or even just a uti. Then after handling the genital area, and touching your eyes without washing your hands, you can transmit diseases to your eyes. I have also teated patients who ended up with unusual pathogens in their eyes after oral genital contact. ...Read more

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Once you get pink eye, how long should I stay home before going back to school?

Once you get pink eye, how long should I stay home before going back to school?

Pink eye: Bacterial conjunctivitis can be appropriately treated with antibiotic eye drops or eye ointment. I usually recommend keeping the child home until he has received 24 hr to 48 hr of antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can you get pink eye from a cat?

Can you get pink eye from a cat?

No: It is very unlikely to transmit pink eye from a cat to a human. ...Read more

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Can you get pink eye from touching your face?

Can you get pink eye from touching your face?

Yes: Pink eye is caused by the same virus that causes the common cold. It is extremely contagious and can remain infective on surfaces for hours. If you touched someone with pink eye and then touched your face (specifically your eye), you can certainly become infected. Hand washing and alcohol sanitizers effectively kill the virus, so be sure to wash after touching someone with pink eye! ...Read more

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Can you get pink eye from changing contact solutions?

Irritant rxn??: Some people are sensitive to one or more of the components of a contact solution & will develop irritation any time they use it. Continued use will likely lead to more inflammation & discomfort. Switching back to one without the component should end the issue but it may take several days & require you stop using the contacts for a while for it to heal. ...Read more

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How can you get pink eye if you don't have a cold or sinus infection?

How can you get pink eye if you don't have a cold or sinus infection?

From someone else: If you yourself are not infected with a cold or upper respiratory infection, then you most likely came into contact with someone or something that was carrying the virus. Once you came into contact with the virus you touched your eye and infected it. ...Read more

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How do u get pink eye?

How do u get pink eye?

Pink eye: Pink eye, broadly referred as " conjunctivitis" only means your eye is red. It can be caused by bacteria, viruses, allergies as well as chemical irritation. Therefore not all " pink eyes" are treated the same. ...Read more

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How does someone get pink eye?

How does someone get pink eye?

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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How can one get infected with pink eye?

How can one get infected with pink eye?

Touch: Most cases of pink eye are spread through touch. Someone with pink eye rubs his/her eye and then touches something. You touch the same thing, rub your eye and you got it. ...Read more

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Is pink eye contagious and how do you get it?

Is pink eye contagious and how do you get it?

Yes: Conjunctivitis can be very contagious. It is important to wash your hands often ...Read more

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What are eye drops should I get for pink eye?

How bad?: Mild cases need only lubricating dops
do not use the "take the red out" variety.
More severe infections may benefit from antibiotic and or steroid drops. ...Read more

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Pink eye in chihuahua, can my baby get it as well?

Pink eye in chihuahua, can my baby get it as well?

Very unlikely: Most viruses will not cross species lines and so what your dog gets, humans will not get. Check your baby occasionally and see if there is any changes. ...Read more

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Pink eye problem-- will the whole family get it!?

Pink eye: Conjunctivitis or pink eye is a very contagious infection spread through contact. Here is where frequent hand-washing by the infected person will reduce transmission. However, the infected person should get treated right away; contagiousness will stop in 24 hours if the cause is bacterial. Viral pink eye remains contagious until the infection subsides. ...Read more

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Can being sick with a cold also make me get pink eye.?

Yes Pink Eye: A pink eye can be due to many things. Classically a "pink eye" is due to viral conjunctivitis and can be very contagious with severe itchiness. If you do have true pink eye, the most natural way to treat it is cold ice packs for itchiness; cold tears in refrigerator helps also. If severe an eyemd can rx stronger drops. If discharge, use warm towel to clear it away. Http://eyedoc2020.blogspot. Com. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get little bumps on your eye when you have pink eye?

Possible: There is one type of conjunctivitis that does present with red bumps on underside of eyelids-papillary conjunctivitis. It is best for you to see doctor for proper eval and treatment. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get pink eye from getting your own fecies in your eye?

Is it possible to get pink eye from getting your own fecies in your eye?

Unlikely: The eye surface is very good at resisting insult from bacteria if it is intact. Probably not a good thing to do this on a regular basis but one exposure is not likely to be a problem. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get pink eye if somebody farted on my pillow three times?

Is it possible to get pink eye if somebody farted on my pillow three times?

Depends: Did the person have clothes on or not? If not, fecal material could deposit on the pillow, if clothed, no worries. ...Read more

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How long before the symptoms of pink eye start until you actually get infected?

How long before the symptoms of pink eye start until you actually get infected?

Depends on the cause: Pink eye is a term used to describe a red irritated eye. This can result from viruses, allergies, bacterial and irritants such as chemicals. To know when the symptoms start, we have to know the cause. For viruses and bacteria, it can be anywhere from 1-7 days post exposure (or longer depending on the organism). ...Read more

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How can I make my pink eye a little more confortable til I get into the doctors?

How can I make my pink eye a little more confortable til I get into the doctors?

Eye drops: Otc eye drops may be soothing as you await evaluation. Pull the lower lid down with one finger pulling the skin of your cheek & this will open your lower lid as a shelf. Put the drops on the shelf & your blink reflex won't toss the drop off before it can do some good. ...Read more

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My son had viral pink eye and eventually his sister got it. Is it possible for him to get it from her again or not because it was viral?

My son had viral pink eye and eventually his sister got it. Is it possible for him to get it from her again or not because it was viral?

Unlikely: Once your son has recovered from his pinkeye from whatever virus triggered it, he should have enough protective antibody floating around in his system to avoid a recurrence. If he has another bout it would likely be another agent, not the germ he shared with his sister. Even then, there is often a blocking agent called interferon that lingers in the area preventin new viral invasion for a while. ...Read more

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I'm pretty sure my daughter has pink eye. Will it go away if I just keep cleaning it or do I need to get meds? She says it doesn't hurt.

I'm pretty sure my daughter has pink eye. Will it go away if I just keep cleaning it or do I need to get meds? She says it doesn't hurt.

Pink Eye can spread: Pink eye can spread and is contagious, so you have to keep your hands clean, and washed after touching her eyes, and keep her towels separate from other family members. She needs to be kept home away from day care, as this can affect other babies too. Call her pediatrician for treatment options. Drops may needed if secondary bacterial infection is present, and that may mean seeing an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Is pink eye contagious before symptoms appear? We had a family get together Sunday, now a cousin has it and I'm worried about myself and my kids.

Is pink eye contagious before symptoms appear? We had a family get together Sunday, now a cousin has it and I'm worried about myself and my kids.

Look for discharge: The red, discharging, matted eye is what is the contagion. Prior to that if you are not having symptoms it is unlikely you or anybody similar is contagious. Frequent hand washing and avoiding touching the face unless in the shower is recommended. Get checked if symptoms develop. Cheers. ...Read more

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

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 tiny blood vessels to dilate, thus leading to a ...Read more