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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What is conjunctivitis?

What is conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva, a thin membrane that coats and protects the surface of the eye. Common causes of conjunctivitis in adults are certain viruses and allergies. ...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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Is conjunctivitis catching?

Is conjunctivitis catching?

Yes: Since a preponderance of conjunctivitis is viral, this form is very contagious and is spread by contact with the ocular secretions. Expect about 7-10 days of complete recovery. Best to avoid spreading by using meticulous hygiene around your eyes and avoid touching your other eye or passing on to others. You may try artificial tears, ocular decongestants (naphcon a), stay hydrated ; get plenty rest. ...Read more

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Can you catch conjunctivitis?

Can you catch conjunctivitis?

Yes you can: A majority of infectious conjunctivitis is caused by viruses- the better known one is adenovirus (aka pink eye). This is highly contagious and can be spread by touch. By not washing their hands and contacting their eyes, a person who is exposed to an infected patient can get it. ...Read more

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How is conjunctivitis treated?

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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What is apollo conjunctivitis?

What is apollo conjunctivitis?

Named for a Rocket!: Apollo: Viral Conjunctivitis There was an epidemic that presented with discomfort, irritation, watering and redness of the eyes in West Africa and other parts of the globe, which coincided with the landing of the APOLLO 11 on the moon in 1969. This epidemic was caused by an adenovirus and epidemics have been recurrent since then. This is a self-limiting disease and very contagious. ...Read more

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I have conjunctivitis should I fly?

I have conjunctivitis should I fly?

Yes: Just be careful not to touch your eyes and then touch any other places where others may also have contact. ...Read more

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What should I do for conjunctivitis ?

What should I do for conjunctivitis
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Depends: There are a lot of different types of conjunctivitis. Viral conjunctivitis needs time. Allergic conjunctivitis can be treated with allergy drops. Bacterial conjunctivitis needs antibiotic drops. There are other reasons why your eye can be red that are more serious. Best to be checked by an eye md. ...Read more

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