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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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I had a cold since last week, this Monday I developed really red eyes and crusty Were woke up. Now only one of my eyes is red, is it pink eye?

I had a cold since last week, this Monday I developed really red eyes and crusty Were woke up. Now only one of my eyes is red, is it pink eye?

Colds and pink eye: Many of the viruses that cause a cold/upper respiratory infection can also cause a limited case if pink eye. Some cases are mild and others can be more severe. Typically symptomatic relief with cool compresses, lubricating eye drops and some patience will allow this to pass in a few days. ...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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I have 1 really bloody almost all red eye for 3 days. Its not pink eye.There was no impact to eye. No pain or itching. I can see fine. Cause? Remedy?

I have 1 really bloody almost all red eye for 3 days. Its not pink eye.There was no impact to eye. No pain or itching. I can see fine. Cause? Remedy?

Hemorrhage: Sounds like a sub-conjunctival hemorrhage. As long as the vision is unchanged and there is no pain, everything should be fine. This is due to a blood vessel leaking blood and is usually without cause. Sometimes straining or blood thinner can cause this. If it continues to happen, follow up with eye md. Could be episcleritis, use artificial tears. ...Read more

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Child has red eye on one side looks like pink eye but no itching or burning?

Child has red eye on one side looks like pink eye but no itching or burning?

Pink eye: Conjunctivitis or "pink eye" doesn't always itch or burn. Allergic conjunctivitis can resemble infectious conjunctivitis but is usually on both sides.A foreign body is another possibility. You probably should have your pediatrician take a look at it. ...Read more

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Are there any consequences of mixing polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) pink eye drops with visene red eye drops?

Probably none: You simply will have diluted the concentration of the active ingredients by the amount of mix that you have made. There is nothing incompatible in these solutions. ...Read more

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I've had pink eye for about 2 and half weeks. Went to doc doctor last week, took tobramycin, now still have a red eye. What to do?

I've had pink eye for about 2 and half weeks. Went to doc doctor last week, took tobramycin, now still have a red eye. What to do?

Go back to doctor: You need to be re evaluated for persistant pink eye, it may be something more than just infection.It could be an inflammation due to allegy, or underlying iritis, you may need to see an opthalmologist if your doctor feels you should. ...Read more

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