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How can I prevent conjunctivitis?

How can I prevent conjunctivitis?

Pink eye: This is in adults almost always viral. No topical antibiotic ointment or drop will prevent it. It is caught, like the common cold, by exposure to material from someone who currently has the condition. Observing cleanliness on your part will help but you cannot avoid touching objects that may have the virus on it when placed there by another. ...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


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How to avoid or prevent Bacterial Conjunctivitis, if the bacterias that cause it, is present in our skin flora or nasal flora? And how rare is it?

How to avoid or prevent Bacterial Conjunctivitis, if the bacterias that cause it, is present in our skin flora or nasal flora? And how rare is it?

Wash hands: Most germs are acquired from your environment from what you touch and transferred to your oral/nasal membranes the same way.Germs (viral or bacterial) that trigger pinkeye follow this route.Studies show an average adult touches their face/nose about 6X/hr mostly without realizing it.Once on your fingers or nasal membranes they are easily passed to the eyes.Either directly or up the tear ducts. ...Read more

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Could marijuana prevent my eye infected with viral conjunctivitis from healing?

Could marijuana prevent my eye infected with viral conjunctivitis from healing?

Yes: Marijuana causes increased congestion of blood vessels in the eye - in fact, reddened eyes are one of the signs of smoking marijuana. If you already have a conjunctivitis, it will increase the irritation and inflammation going on in your eye. There are eyedrops which can help - talk to your doctor. If you have problems stopping marijuana, even temporarily, seek counseling with a professional. ...Read more

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How can I prevent from getting conjunctivitus?

Conjunctivitis: Conjunctivitis is very common, usually caused by commonly found viruses or bacteria. The most important safeguards you can take are to avoid contact with anyone who has pink eye and to make sure you wash your hands thoroughly when you are concerned that you have touched something that is contaminated. Also, keep your hands off your eyes in case there are germs on your hands. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to prevent pink eye?

Good hygiene: Pink eye, or viral conjunctivitis, is highly contagious and spread by direct contact. Wash hands frequently and avoid touching your eye. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to prevent pink eye from getting worse?

Can you tell me how to prevent pink eye from getting worse?

Nothing specific: There are a number of viruses which cause this and the length of infection can be from 5-10 days. There is no specific treatment; just drops for comfort. It will peak in 2-5 days and then rapidly improve. If you are ten days or more out and still have the problem, go b ack to your ophthalmologist for a second look. ...Read more

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Are there any good ways to prevent pink eye before it starts?

Avoid contact,hygien: Avoid contact with infected people , god hygiene practices , disinfect surrounding surfaces should help. ...Read more

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I have a family member over my house who has pink eye, how can I prevent myself from getting infected?

I have a family member over my house who has pink eye, how can I prevent myself from getting infected?

Touching eyes: Wash your hands often, keep them away from your face, wash all surfaces, avoid contact with the infected person, don't share face cloths, towels, mascara or eye products, don't share pillows or bed clothing and just be cautious. ...Read more

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