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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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How can you tell the difference between viral pink eye, bacterial pink eye, and allergies?

How can you tell the difference between viral pink eye, bacterial pink eye, and allergies?

Some differences: Generally viral pink eye typically produces redness, watery eyes and doesn't need treatment except for herpes. Bacterial pink eye causes redness & purulent discharge (puss), often "matting the lids/lashes together" in the AM or after a long nap -- needs antibiotic drops. Allergies almost always involve both eyes with redness, some watering, & can be quite itchy. Consult doc if you have it. ...Read more

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Could i tell the difference between pink eye, irritated eye, and allergy eye?

Could i tell the difference between pink eye, irritated eye, and allergy eye?

Not really: Those 3 are very similar when it comes to symptoms, however on an eye exam, they are very different. Usually the primary care doctors give anti allergy drops for all 3 and if it doesn't work them they send it to an eye doctor. However, keep in mind that pink eye is contagious, so you want to get an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Pink eye or allergies, how can I tell the difference?

Pink eye or allergies, how can I tell the difference?

Sometimes difficult: This is sometimes difficult even for experts. Generally allergies have more itching than pink eye and occur in people have allergic symptoms such as coughing, sneezing and so forth. You can try over-the-counter antihistamine drops such as zaditor (ketotifen). If this does not help, see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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How can I alleviate my red eyes from allergies?

How can I alleviate my red eyes from allergies?

Saline rinses: Some over the counter eye drops like visine, may provide some brief relief from the itchy eyes, but often rinsing with lots (and i mean lots) of saline drops or contact lens solution is better. Using cool, wet cloths and rinsing the eyelids with water will also help. For longer lasting relief, some prescription eye drops are very helpful and allergy shots might be helpful in the long run. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have allergic pink eye (there are 3 types of pink eye)?

Itchy: If you have itching and tearing, it is more likely from an allergic reaction. There are more types of pink eyes that i can think of but have no idea on what may cause some of them. ...Read more

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How can I treat swollen eye from allergies?

How can I treat swollen eye from allergies?

Allergies: Try cold compresses daily Try over the counter Radiator drops and use one drop two times a day. If this does not help then seek medical attention ...Read more

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How come my eyes is pink and itchy? Allergies? Infection?

How come my eyes is pink and itchy?  Allergies?  Infection?

Could be: It could be either. It depends if you have discharge and what type of discharge, pain, visual problems, swelling, headache, and other symptoms like sinus pressure, runny nose, sore throat, etc. Also depends on your history of eye conditions or infections. ...Read more

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How can I remove red in my eyes without eye drops?

How can I remove red in my eyes without eye drops?

Remove cause: What is causing the redness in your eyes? If you know the inciting agent, remove exposure to the agent. Washing your eyes with cold water may help. If you do not know the cause, you may wish to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat red eyes without eye drops?

What can I do to treat red eyes without eye drops?

Determine the cause: The key is to determine why your eyes are red. Dry eye is a common cause of this and can often be treated with over the counter artificial tears. Go to an ophthalmologist and have him examine and determine the cause. From there treatment can be made. Refrain from using any "get the red out" drops such as visine. These drops tend to worsen redness and cause it to be chronic. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of red eyes without using eye drops?

How can I get rid of red eyes without using eye drops?

Red eyes: Unfortunately the appropriate drops will be necessary for the specific cause of the red eye, but if you are willing to persist with this condition without treatment that is your choice. The condition could become enough of a problem to require therapy and you will the have to change your thinking. ...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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What can cause pink eye?

What can cause pink eye?

Viral conjunctivitis: He overwhelming majority of "pink eye" cases are due to viral conjunctival infection. This is usually self limited, dramatic looking, and moderately contagious. There are other causes of eye redness. See your ophthalmologist to sort this out. ...Read more

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Can a pink eye medicine help allergic reddened eyes?

Can a pink eye medicine help allergic reddened eyes?

Need allergy meds: 'pink eye' (conjuctivitis) is due to a viral or bacterial infection and responds to anti-biotic drops. Allergic conjuctivitis responds to allergy meds such as Patanol (olopatadine) eye drops or even otc oral meds such as benedryl, zyrtec, allegra, or Claritin (or generics). Hope you are better soon! ...Read more

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How can I remedy eye discharge from cosmetic allergies?

How can I remedy eye discharge from cosmetic allergies?

Cosmetic allergy: The best way is to stop using these products. You may be able to find a product line that you can tolerate, but this will take trial and error experimentation. ...Read more

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How are pink eye and blood shot eyes different?

How are pink eye and blood shot eyes different?

Difficult: Even for medical doctors, this is difficult there is a simple new test that can readily identify pink eye. ...Read more

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How can I remove redness from my eyes without eyedrops?

How can I remove redness from my eyes without eyedrops?

Avoid irritants: Eyes get red because of irritation. So, you could try to avoid things like smoking or being in smoky places, avoid dry or dirty places, don't use eye make up, and get plenty of rest. If all that doesn't work, you may just have to use eye drops. ...Read more

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My eyes are red and sensitive to light and gets really teary. How can I tell if it's a corneal abrasion or an eye infection and how do I fix it?

My eyes are red and sensitive to light and gets really teary. How can I tell if it's a corneal abrasion or an eye infection and how do I fix it?

See an opthamologist: See an eye doctor. A corneal abrasion usually causes reflex closing of the eye and it hurts so badly when the eye is open. Eye infections usually have swelling andor eye discharge. There are some other conditions too that may present like an infection but are not so see the eye doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

A highly contangious condition in which the eyeball and ...Read more