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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

The conjunctiva is the outer layer of thye eye. Conjunctivitis means inflammation by any irritant. The normal pale clear tissue will look iritated and discolored from light pink to angry red and varying amounts of swelling.

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What is the definition or description of: conjunctivitis?

What is the definition or description of: conjunctivitis?

Inflamed conjunctiva: The conjunctiva is the outer layer of thye eye. Conjunctivitis means inflammation by any irritant. The normal pale clear tissue will look iritated and discolored from light pink to angry red and varying amounts of swelling. ...Read more

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How does conjunctivitis usually progress?

How does conjunctivitis usually progress?

Conjunctivitis: Typical pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, in adults lasts for 2-4 weeks. During this time, the eye may be red, puffy, uncomfortable, and very watery. Both eyes may be involved, and the vision may blur. Use artificial tears and cold compresses for some relief. Do not rub the eyes, and wash everything you touch with lysol wipes, since this condition is highly contagious from contact. ...Read more

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Treating Pink Eye (Tip)

Treating Pink Eye

Make sure to tell your doctor if you have an autoimmune condition when discussing pink eye symptoms. ...See more

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Treating Pink Eye (Checklist)

Wash your hands frequently
Daily
Determine cause (allergic, viral, bacterial). You may need to see doc.
Once
Do not use someone else's eye drops
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What are the symptoms of conjunctivitis I should be looking for?

What are the symptoms of conjunctivitis I should be looking for?

Redness and Discharg: Conjunctivitis can be due to many causes: bacterial, viral, allergic, chemical, etc. The most common in probably bacterial and causes redness, mucus discharge and sometimes foreign body feeling or frank pain. Sometimes there is associated blurred vision from the mucus discharge. Bacterial conjunctivitis will frequently cause enlarge a painful lymph node just in front of the ear on that side. ...Read more

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What are the signs of conjunctivitis due to exposure to s. epidermidis in class?

Redness, discharge: The symptoms may include: redness, discharge, crusting, pain or discomfort, sometimes there's increased sensitivity to light and mild blurry vision. ...Read more

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School age Kids Health (Tip)

School age Kids Health

Viral conjunctivitis is very common and very contagious in school-aged kids. ...See more

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Treating Pink Eye (Checklist)

Stay home for a few days as you may be infectious
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Don't share towels to prevent spread
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Use cool compresses if eyes are irritated or itchy
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Use lubricating drops without preservatives
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What sort of disease is conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: Inflammation of the coonjunctival tissues that covers the whites of the eyes and under the lids, due to allergy, infection or toxic effect of medicines/ chemicals. Conjunctiva become swollen and red. Patients experience burning, blurred vision, tearing, redness, puffy eyelids, discharge, itching, pain depending on the cause. ...Read more

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My sister was diagnosed with conjunctivitis. What do I need to know?

Not much: She probably has a viral conjunctivitis. This is infectious and is transmitted by contact, usually after she might touch her eyes, then perhaps open a door leaving the virus on the handle that you might innocently open 15 minutes later. Then it can spread if you in fact touch your eyes. She should use cautionj in her environment and you the same. ...Read more

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Pink Eye (Definition)

Pink eye is also known as Conjunctivitis. Inflammation of a layer called the conjunctiva is referred to as "pink ...Read more

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