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Is genital herpes and eye herpes the same thing?

Is genital herpes and eye herpes the same thing?

Yes and no: They are obviously very different problems, but the same viruses (herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2) cause both. Genital herpes is acquired sexually, i.e. it's an STD; ocular (eye) herpes usually is not. Ocular herpes can be very dangerous if not promptly treated, destroying the cornea and causing blindness. It's usually very painful. If you suspect it, see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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How does dry eye from ocular herpes?

How does dry eye from ocular herpes?

Related?: I am guessing that you worry about getting eye dryness from having herpes on the eye. Generally these are unrelated issues so you can have them simultaneously. Herpes of the eye is treated with drops which can add eye lubrication. And if there is underlying eye dryness, after the herpes is treated, the dryness will need to be treated. ...Read more

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Can tears from a conjunctivitis-infected eye infect my other eye?

Can tears from a conjunctivitis-infected eye infect my other eye?

Yes: There is no practical way to prevent the spread of conjunctivitis if you have it, to the other eye. Treat the second eye in the same way as your ophthalmologist has advised for the first. Usually it is shorter in duration in eye #2. ...Read more

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Slept with contacts in and eye is red contagious?

Slept with contacts in and eye is red contagious?

Not likely: The eye is likely irritated not infected. Remove the contacts. If it does not resolve in a day, see your eye doctor. ...Read more

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What's the difference between pink eye and herpes viral infection of the eye? Can you get either one from herpes simplex on the lips?

What's the difference between pink eye and herpes viral infection of the eye? Can you get either one from herpes simplex on the lips?

Different virus: Although the term "pink eye" is somewhat vague, it typically refers to an infection caused by adenovirus, is quite common, and highly contagious. Herpes simplex is also a virus which can cause an eye infection, is much less common, and can potentially be much more serious. You will need to see your eye md to distinguish the two. ...Read more

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Can pink eye always spread to both eyes?

Can pink eye always spread to both eyes?

No: Pink eye is often caused by a viral infection, or sometime bacteria, and if you avoid touching the eyes, it might remain in only one eye. ...Read more

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How does pink eye and a regular eye infection differ?

Usually the same: Pink eye is the popular term for conjunctivitis which is usually viral. The eyes can become infected by many different organisms so pink eye is simply a description but not a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What's the difference between viral conjunctivitis and keratitis? I'm afraid I have keratitis. My eye is red, light sensitive, teary and blurry

What's the difference between viral conjunctivitis and keratitis? I'm afraid I have keratitis. My eye is red, light sensitive, teary and blurry

Inflammation: Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva (covering on the white part of the eye). Keratitis is inflammation of the cornea (clear layer in front of the iris). Both can be caused by viruses and both can be present at the same time. The light sensitivity and blurred vision could be caused by keratitis. Anytime you have blurred vision you should see your eye doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Pink eye or cold and allergy eye symptoms - what are the differences?

Red eye: Pink eye is usually due to a bacterial infection, the lids get mattery, crusty, and stuck shut. Allergies make the surface of the eye red and produce a clear watery discharge, and is usually associated with some itching, and if you rub the eye you can get it secondarily infected and end up with a pink eye condition in addition. A cold is associated with a clear discharge and it can be infected. ...Read more

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What is the best Antiviral medicine to treat herpes conjunctivitis in the eye? and will my eye ever be white and clear again?

What is the best Antiviral medicine to treat  herpes conjunctivitis in the eye? and will my eye ever  be white and clear again?

Herpetic conjunctivi: The most common medications used for herpetic conjunctivitis or keratitis are acyclovir and valacyclovir pills. There are also eye drops, like trifluridine that some MDs prescribe, but they are used for a very short time frame. I find the pills to be best. You may be prescribed antibiotic drops to prevent superinfection on top it, but it depends. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Woke up with eye crusted shut and blood shot, Next day other eye crusting and blood shot. Haze over eye briefly. Eyelid and lower lid swollen. No stye?

Woke up with eye crusted shut and blood shot, Next day other eye crusting and blood shot. Haze over eye briefly. Eyelid and lower lid swollen. No stye?

Infection: This sounds like a conjunctivitis. You will need to see a doctor and get treatments. However, you can start by obtaining Normal Saline eye drops to wash out the crusting and clean the eye. ...Read more

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I'm using zirgan, for herpetic keratitis on my right eye, on both eyes. They feel dry, redness and irritation. Can I use systane on both eyes?

I'm using zirgan, for herpetic keratitis on my right eye, on both eyes. They feel dry, redness and irritation. Can I use systane on both eyes?

Limit your use!: Herpetic keratitis is unilateral. Use your expensive zirgan in the affected eye only. As far as adding on artificial use, please make sure they are preservative free! that means they have to have break off top (bottle claims are not sufficient). ...Read more

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Can you spread herpes to the eye by touching genital herpes sore?

Can you spread herpes to the eye by touching genital herpes sore?

Yes: Herpes is often spread by touch. So never touch your eye if you have an active herpetic lesion. Hopefully you are on treatment for this. If not, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What are eye strain and a stye?

Two different things: Eye strain is the feeling of fatigue or discomfort with prolonged use of the eyes. A stye is an infected eyelid gland. ...Read more