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Doctor insights on: Conjunctivitus Symptoms

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Does conjunctivitis usually cause many symptoms?

Does conjunctivitis usually cause many symptoms?

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

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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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Are the symptoms of conjunctivitis the same in both adults and kids?

Are the symptoms of conjunctivitis the same in both adults and kids?

Same: Sx of conjuctivitis are the same: allergic, viral, chlamydial, or autoimmune. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to do when a child has symptoms of conjunctivitis?

What is the best thing to do when a child has symptoms of conjunctivitis?

See a physician: Easy to treat usually unless it is pink eye. There are antibiotic ointments or drops for ophthalmic use. ...Read more

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If you have the symptoms of conjunctivitis how long does it take to clear up?

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

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What are symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis?

What are symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis?

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 more

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What are the symptoms of conjunctivitis (viral)?

What are the symptoms of conjunctivitis (viral)?

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

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What are the symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis?

What are the symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis?

Itching: The hallmark symptom is itching -- caused by histamine release. They eyes can also be red, watery, running, swollen and worse. ...Read more

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How can giant papillary conjunctivitis be diagnosed and what are the symptoms?

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

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How many days before the symptoms of conjunctivitis start are you infectious and spreading the virus?

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

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What are the symptoms of viral and bacterial conjunctivitis?

What are the symptoms of viral and bacterial conjunctivitis?

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

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A conjunctivitis with flu-like symptoms is more likely to be viral?

A conjunctivitis with flu-like symptoms is more likely to be viral?

Yes: General rule=the more systems that are involved with an illness the more likely it is viral.Bacterial illness tends to focus on a single system at a time. ...Read more

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How many days before the symptoms of conjunctivitis/pink eye start is it contagious?

How many days before the symptoms of conjunctivitis/pink eye start is it contagious?

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

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How can I relieve/lower symptoms of conjunctivitis until I can get to a doctor Tuesday? Symptoms are redness, stinging, and slight yellow discharge.

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