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Doctor insights on: Cure For Viral Conjunctivitis

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Is it likely to have viral conjunctivitis for over a month where it improves and worsens more than once? Or could this be something else entirely?

Is it likely to have viral conjunctivitis for over a month where it improves and worsens more than once? Or could this be something else entirely?

Allergy? Other?: Most cases of viral conjunctivitis don't last this long. Allergy seems more likely; or, as you say, "something else entirely". Contact your doctor. If s/he seems to have any doubt about next steps, ask for referral to an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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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How can one avoid getting viral conjunctivitis?

How can one avoid getting viral conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: Being exposed to someone with conjunctivitis does not necessarily imply that you will catch the infection. Having said that, after being exposed, do not touch that person or allow that person to touch you. Stay some distance from him/her just in case s/he sneezes or coughs on you. If that happens, take a shower and if not, at least wash your hands and face. ...Read more

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Should children be sent to school if they have viral conjunctivitis?

Should children be sent to school if they have viral conjunctivitis?

No: Viral conjunctivitis is contagious and treatment should be initiated before the return to school. Most schools will send this children home. ...Read more

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Bacterial vs viral conjunctivitis appearance?

Bacterial vs viral conjunctivitis appearance?

Pus and edema: Bacterial conjunctivitis is not common in adults but occurs in children more often. I usually will have much more swelling, pus in the cul de sac, and much crusting and debris. Viral conjunctivitis is often bilateral, makes the eyes red all over, and has a clear to yellowish secretion but not pus (which is cloudy white). Your ophthalmologist can make this distinction and given you the best rx. ...Read more

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Can viral conjunctivitis cause a headache?

Can viral conjunctivitis cause a headache?

Possibly: Viral conjunctivitis can sometimes be a part of a larger viral infection. The systemic viral infection can cause headaches. A viral infection confined to the eye can cause photophobia, which can cause a headache. ...Read more

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Bacterial or viral conjunctivitis, how can I tell?

Bacterial or viral conjunctivitis, how can I tell?

Bacterial: In general, bacterial conjunctivitis will present with purulent discharge that occurs at the lid margins and in the corner of the eye. The discharge is generally thick and yellow/green/white. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to get rid of viral conjunctivitis?

Is there a good way to get rid of viral conjunctivitis?

Time: Viral conjunctivitis, like a viral respiratory infection runs its course over a 10-14 day period of time. Medications taken durning a viral illness, be it in the eye or other or system are supportive only. They protect from bacterial superinfections and treat the symptoms of the viral infection. ...Read more

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Can viral conjunctivitis be exacerbated by contact lenses?

Can viral conjunctivitis be exacerbated by contact lenses?

Yes: Contact lenses and eye infections are dangerous combination. If your eyes are red and irritated, DO NOT WEAR CONTACTS, and see your eye doctor. ...Read more

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Should I have been given paracetamol for viral conjunctivitis?

Should I have been given paracetamol for viral conjunctivitis?

Paracetamol: If you are in pain, you can take paracetamol but not for viral conjunctivitis alone. ...Read more