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Some: Conjunctivitis is due to an infection mostly viral of the lining of the eye (the conjunctiva) which overlies the white of the eye. It can cause irritation, redness, discharge and pain if the condition is more severe. Vision may be mildly disturbed. If you are too uncomfortable or the vision is dropping, then see your ophthalmologist for treatment. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Same: Sx of conjuctivitis are the same: allergic, viral, chlamydial, or autoimmune. ...Read more
Depends on cause!: Conjuctivitis can be allergy related, infectious (viral or chlamydial), or autoimmune (associated with a number of types of arthritis), such as spondylitis. The allergic one can be treated with histamine blockers and singulair (montelukast). Viral goes away in short order. Doxycyline or zithromax for chlamydia. The arthritis will last the longest and requires treatment of the underlying disease. ...Read more
If you are exposed to someone with symptoms of conjunctivitis, how long does it take to show up in you?
Within a few daqys.: Both viral and chlamydial conjuctivitis appear in 3-4 days. ...Read more
Itchy, red, burning: This picture illustrates it well: itching, redness, burning, watering with puffiness and swelling, big shiners-notice the dark circles. Beware scratching the cornea and rubbing foreign bodies like dust/sand getting into the eye. Also the white of the eye can swell: chemosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Conjunctivitis: Pink eye is the common term for viral infection of the eye. It may affect one eye but commonly affects both. The eye is red, has a clear discharge, may be a little swollen, sometimes is light sensitive and usually is irritated but not painful. Since it is infectious, others around you might also have the same thing or you may spread yours to them. ...Read more
Chronic redness, etc: This is an allergic based condition with chronic changes on the inside of the upper lid. Commonly in contact wearers with allergic underpinnings. The eye will b e somewhat red, there will be secretions and irritation. The ophthalmologist will evert the upper lid over a cotton tip applicator and note enlarged papillae coating the surface of the conjunctival lining. This is treatable. ...Read more
How many days before the symptoms of conjunctivitis start are you infectious and spreading the virus?
Depends: Different viruses can cause conjunctivitis and they will begin shedding at different times before symptoms start. In general, someone who develops viral conjunctivitis probably started shedding virus (and could spread it to someone else) 24-48 hours before their own symptoms started. ...Read more
See below: Both present with redness, discharge, and irritation. Viral are more common and often come with other upper respiratory infections. Bacterial can occur from excess growth of skin bacteria and poor eyelid hygiene. Other common causes are chronic contact lens overwear, chronic allergic conjunctivitis, and swimming in contaminated waters. ...Read more
Can Pataday reduce viral conjunctivitis symptoms (ithching) and at least make you more comfortable while you body recovers from the infection?
Varies: Bacterial pink eye is usually pretty fast. Your eye comes in contact with the germ, it grows, and you have symptoms. Viruses can incubate for days, weeks, or months before symptoms begin. Allergies begin when you are exposed to the substance to which you are allergic. Bacteria and viruses are contagious. Allergies are not. ...Read more
Pregnant. Around someone with conjunctivitis. Worried about Zika. Would they have other symptoms in addition to pink eye if it were Zika?
How can I relieve/lower symptoms of conjunctivitis until I can get to a doctor Tuesday? Symptoms are redness, stinging, and slight yellow discharge.
Artificial tears: If it's viral conjunctivitis then preservative artificial tears with cold compressors will help. Just wash your eyes closed with cold water many time during the day. If it's itchy , it may be allergic conjunctivitis . Same treatment, you may need allergy drops like Alaway or Zadidir OTC, 2x/day. Bacterial will have more green pussy discharge. Then you will need antibiotics. ...Read more