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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Overview)

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 redness of the eye.


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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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Dr. Jon Fishburn
759 Doctors shared insights

Conjunctivitis (Overview)

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 redness of the eye.


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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?

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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What sort of disease is conjunctivitis?

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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What are the tests for conjunctivitis?

What are the tests for conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: For a bacterial conjunctivitis sometimes a culture and slide smear are done to clarify the offending organism. Sometimes a slide smear is used to differentiate between a viral and allergic conjunctivitis. Occasionally a conjunctival biopsy may be required. ...Read more

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What causes conjunctivitis?

What causes conjunctivitis?

Several issues: Conjunctivitis=inflammation of the conjunctiva
irritant : dust, hair spray, mascara, chemicals
germ: bacterial, chlamydia, viral
allergy: air born pollen
conjunctivitis is a unifying label for many things that cause inflammation but most use the term for the germ causes. Exam by your doc is a simple way to define the cause more accurately. ...Read more

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How long is eurythromyacin used to treat conjunctivitis?

How long is eurythromyacin used to treat conjunctivitis?

5 days: Erythromycin ointment is often used three to four times a day, for a five day course. ...Read more

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How is conjunctivitis treated?

Depends on the cause: Conjunctivitis is an eye irritation that has many causes.
Irritants (sand, etc): eyewash or removal
allergens (pollens, etc): avoidance or moving away from the allergen
viral infections (except the herpes virus): time, good hygiene
bacterial infections (and herpes infections): antimicrobial eye drops
very important to seek the help of you doctor as untreated herpes infection can lead to blindness! ...Read more

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Are tobramycin drops or sulfacetamide sodium drops more effective in treating conjunctivitis?

Are tobramycin drops or sulfacetamide sodium drops more effective in treating conjunctivitis?

Same: Both can be used to treat conjunctivitis, but ophthalmologist don't use these as often as primary care and emergency medicine providers. ...Read more

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What are soothing treatments for painful conjunctivitis on the eyelid?

There are a few...: ... But you should discuss it with your eye doctor. Conjunctivitis is a term that describes inflammation of the skin over the white of the eye. It can also be infectious. Eyelid infections are usually caused by bacteria, which need to be treated with medication. Home therapies such as heat, cold, lid scrubs, etc. Might not be effective and may even worsen the infection. ...Read more

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How can I cure conjunctivitis quickly?

Conjunctivitis: Is a self limited infection, antibiotic eye drops are given to shorten the course. Good hygeine, washing hands can prevent its spread. ...Read more

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Can I get rid of conjunctivitis in one day?

Not likely: Conjunctivitis means inflammation of the outer skin layer on the white of the eye. It can be caused by allergy, infection or other conditions. The best way to treat conjunctivitis is to determine its cause. An eye doctor can differentiate between the different causes and start a treatment plan. But it will not guarantee a quick resolution to the symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the alternative drugs for anti-histamines in giant papillary conjunctivitis?

What are the alternative drugs for anti-histamines in giant papillary conjunctivitis?

Mast Cell Stabilizer: Cromolyn sodium 4%, or Alamast (pemirolast) are both in this category. It must be used on a regular basis to work well, and not just to treat symptoms. Mast cell stabilizers work to avoid getting the symptoms. Understand that you cannot "cure" giant papillary conjunctivitis, but can sometimes control it. You must also wear your lenses less. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get allergic conjunctivitis off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get allergic conjunctivitis off and on?

Not really: There is a genetic basis of allergic disease, but what you may be seeing is a seasonal variation due to the presence of specific pollen at certain times of the year. People who are allergic to ragweed may have symptoms from mid august to mid october, and at no other time. People sensitive to animals will have symptoms with exposure and not at other time.. ...Read more

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Who is most at risk for conjunctivitis?

Who is most at risk for conjunctivitis?

Children: Viral conjunctivitis is spread by contact, not through the air like a common cold. Hands touching the infected eye, for instance, may open a door, leaving the virus on the knob for the next guy to get it on his hands. Children spread this condition readily because they are frequently in physical contact in playing. They lack the social barriers that adults have. ...Read more

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How can I prevent conjunctivitis?

Pink eye: This is in adults almost always viral. No topical antibiotic ointment or drop will prevent it. It is caught, like the common cold, by exposure to material from someone who currently has the condition. Observing cleanliness on your part will help but you cannot avoid touching objects that may have the virus on it when placed there by another. ...Read more

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How can one avoid getting viral conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: Being exposed to someone with conjunctivitis does not necessarily imply that you will catch the infection. Having said that, after being exposed, do not touch that person or allow that person to touch you. Stay some distance from him/her just in case s/he sneezes or coughs on you. If that happens, take a shower and if not, at least wash your hands and face. ...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