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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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The past 3 times i've been sick with a cold/flu i also had pink eye. Sometimes it's both eyes or other times just one. Will this keep happening?

The past 3 times i've been sick with a cold/flu i also had pink eye. Sometimes it's both eyes or other times just one. Will this keep happening?

Maybe: Reddish discoloration of the eyes is common in upper respiratory infections, and may not always be associated with a viral conjunctivitis (commonly called "pink eye"). The mucous membrane lining the sinuses is connected to the conjunctiva via a small canal (the nasolacrimal duct). Thus any inflammation in the sinuses can carry over into the eye as well, and it can be very asymmetric. ...Read more

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I had a cold since last week, this Monday I developed really red eyes and crusty Were woke up. Now only one of my eyes is red, is it pink eye?

I had a cold since last week, this Monday I developed really red eyes and crusty Were woke up. Now only one of my eyes is red, is it pink eye?

Colds and pink eye: Many of the viruses that cause a cold/upper respiratory infection can also cause a limited case if pink eye. Some cases are mild and others can be more severe. Typically symptomatic relief with cool compresses, lubricating eye drops and some patience will allow this to pass in a few days. ...Read more

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I think I have pink eye and a cold?

I think I have pink eye and a cold?

Go to the Doctor: That sounds like a reason to make an appointment with your family doctor. ...Read more

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

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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Pink eye or cold and allergy eye symptoms - what are the differences?

Red eye: Pink eye is usually due to a bacterial infection, the lids get mattery, crusty, and stuck shut. Allergies make the surface of the eye red and produce a clear watery discharge, and is usually associated with some itching, and if you rub the eye you can get it secondarily infected and end up with a pink eye condition in addition. A cold is associated with a clear discharge and it can be infected. ...Read more

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I had a cold then cough, then pink eye, and now i still have a cough. It's been a month. It's painful. Any ideas? Gets worse at night.

I had a cold then cough, then pink eye, and now i still have a cough. It's been a month. It's painful. Any ideas? Gets worse at night.

See doctor: Some people may suffer a lingering cough for weeks after a cold but nonetheless one needs to consider asthma as a potential cause. Sinus infection is another possibility. Best to see your doctor given the duration and severity of your symptoms. ...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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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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I had a cold then it was just a cough, then I had pink eye, and I still have my cough and it's really bad. Hurts my chest and makes me pee a little. ?

I had a cold then it was just a cough, then I had pink eye, and I still have my cough and it's really bad. Hurts my chest and makes me pee a little. ?

Here are some...: Do you just have dry cough or cough up much phlegm? If with dry cough, you need strong cough suppressant like codeine for 3-5 days; if with phlegm, you may need antibiotics, for which you need to be evaluated by local doc. As to urine leak, that is naturally expected if abdominal pressure at coughing exceeds what urinary sphincter can resist and hold. More? Contact www/Healthtap.com/dr-Lin... ...Read more

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Cold for 3 wks, then a facial herpes breakout, then pink eye. Went to dr, gave me a prescription for amoxicillin because "i've been sick so long" why?

Cold for 3 wks, then a facial herpes breakout, then pink eye. Went to dr, gave me a prescription for amoxicillin because "i've been sick so long" why?

Super-infection: There can many times be a bacterial infection on top of a viral (herpes) infection. This is called superinfection. The antibiotic will help remove such possibility, but probably best to also include an antiviral treatment like Acyclovir along with that. ...Read more

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I got colds and pink eye for 6 days now. Should i go to eye doctor or urgent care?

See eye doctor: See an eye doctor if you can get in within a reasonable amount of time. It's not an emergency. If you start experiencing any visual change or loss of eyesight then you should go to the er. ...Read more

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Taking z-pac for cold/cough and w/in 3 hrs developed pink eye. Used ofloxicin from prev condition and 12 hrs later hives red rash on back gone in 2 hr?

Taking z-pac for cold/cough and w/in 3 hrs developed pink eye. Used ofloxicin from prev condition and 12 hrs later hives red rash on back gone in 2 hr?

Virus vs reaction?: Most colds and coughs don't need antibiotics. You may well have a virus, and the Zpak will not speed your recovery if so. Unless the prescriber told you bacteria are likely present due to high fever or white count, or exam. Eye drops do not remain sterile after opened, and should be discarded. This is why! Check back with your doctor if symptoms get worse or do not get better. ...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