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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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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