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How can I differentiate pink eye from allergic red eyes?

How can I differentiate pink eye from allergic red eyes?

Itching: Both pink eye (a highly contagious infection most often caused by viruses) and allergy eyes can be red, have copious amounts of drainage, and be mattered shut in the mornings. Itching may be the best way to differentiate between the two. Itch is a hallmark for allergic reactions; not much else involves the eyes, ears, nose, and throat like allergies. A doctor can help tell the difference too. ...Read more

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) (Definition)

"Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. "Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. ...Read more


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Do i still have pink eye if I have only red eyes i had pink eye for one day and now all I have is red eye and no symptoms does that mean that i don't have pink eye any more?

Do i still have pink eye if I have only red eyes i had pink eye for one day and now all I have is red eye and no symptoms does that mean that i don't have pink eye any more?

Depends on the cause: There are many causes of redness of the eyes. Several types of inflammatory conditions, allergic reactions, detergents, chemicals, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause redness of the eyes. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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My 3yr old came home from daycare with very red eyes. No discharge in his eyes. Should I be worried about pink eye?

My 3yr old came home from daycare with very red eyes. No discharge in his eyes. Should I be worried about pink eye?

Yes: "pinkeye", or conjunctivitis, is a very common problem in daycare centers and school. It is often highly contagious, and spreads by touching. There does not have to be discharge for this to be conjunctivitis. Many case are viral, and self limited (go away by themselves) but an exam with a doctor, pediatrician or ophthalmologist, is advised to confirm the diagnosis and see if treatment is required. ...Read more

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When you have pink-eye can you use "red eye" drops along with your pink-eye medication?

No: Red eye drops often irritate the eyes more. Also, the eyes become more red when the effect of the drop wears off. I don't recommend using "red eye" drops at any time. ...Read more

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I wanted to know when you have pink eye can you use red eye drops along with your pink eye medication?

I wanted to know when you have pink eye can you use red eye drops along with your pink eye medication?

Get the red out: ...Drops are safe and ok to use for any temporary condition. The problem with these drops are when they are used chronically, too frequently or for an extended period of time. ...Read more

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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