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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Overview)

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 of mucous or pus.


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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
730 doctors shared insights

Conjunctivitis (Overview)

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 of mucous or pus.


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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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Treating Pink Eye (Tip)

Treating Pink Eye

Don't assume its bacterial. It could be associated with an autoimmune condition. Do see an eyemd. ...See 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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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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Treating Pink Eye (Tip)

Treating Pink Eye

It's most commonly a virally contagious infection. Avoid contact with others and your other eye. ...See 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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Treating Pink Eye (Tip)

Treating Pink Eye

Seek medical evaluation and treatment. Frequent handwashing is essential. ...See 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