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How Can I Tell If I Have Allergies Or An Eye Infection
Itching: Eye allergies are almost always accompanied by itching especially at the nasal fold. Infections usually cause burning or pain with discharge that can sometimes be pus-like. Viral conjunctivitis often has a watery discharge like allergies but there is usually little itching. A topical antihistamine drop can help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
A few clues to this: Pink eye is an infection with rapid onset, usually in one eye and then spreading to the other with a clear discharge and a sensation of sandy eye feeling. Allergy is episodic, seasonal, usually both eyes, with itching and sometimes lid swelling. Neither usually affect the vision. Sometimes the symptoms overlap. You might need an ophthalmologist to make the distinction. ...Read more
Not easy: Since both may be associated with nasal congestion. Sinus infection however usually involves one side and may be associated with headaches, lightheadedness, and dark green nasal discharge from the involved side. Allergy usually involves both sides of the nose and may be associated with yellow but not dark green discharge. Itchy eyes is present point to allergy. ...Read more
See below.: Sometimes, it's hard to tell the difference! if there's a fever, it's not allergies. Itchy nose or throat points more to allergies. The mucus membranes in your nose tend to get pale and pretty boggy with allergies, but that's something you'd have to have your doctor look at for you with a scope. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes difficult: Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis can be difficult to distinguish. Viral are more common, are usually bilateral, and typically come along with a cold or other respiratory infection. Bacteria can and do become secondary agents in viral conjunctivitis. Pure bacterial conjunctivitis are usually unilateral and are commonly associated with poor eyelid hygiene and overgrowth of skin organisms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Symptoms: In adults without a history of surgery or trauma, by far the most common infections are viral causing redness, itching, clear-sticky discharge and commonly are bilateral. Bacterial infectious is more flagrant, frequently drops the vision, has pus and much swelling, and commonly is painful. Your ophthalmologist can sort this out for you. ...Read more
Onset and duration: Allergies usually begin in both eyes simultaneously, causing itching and some tearing. They may cause mild redness. There are many kinds of conjunctivitis, but most start on one side, then may spread to the other in a day or two. See an ophthalmologist for a physical exam and further recommendations. ...Read more
Cold vs allergies: The duration may help to differentiate. A cold is short lived- allergic symptoms may continue as long as there is exposure to the triggers. ...Read more
Ear infection: I hope I am understanding your question correctly. When you say regular ear infection, i think you are saying otitis media or infection of the middle ear. This generally causes ear pain, sometimes ear drainage, hearing loss, fever. When someone has labyrinthitis, the infection is now involving the inner ear affecting the balance canals and the cochlea. This will usually cause severe dizziness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain, vision: Pink eye is the common term for viral infection of the eye. It may affect one eye but commonly affects both. The eye is red, has a clear discharge, may be a little swollen, sometimes is light sensitive and usually is irritated but not painful. Since it is infectious, others around you might also have the same thing or you may spread yours to them. If bacterial there is pain and decreased vision. ...Read more
Your eye doctor: is the best person to differentiate different conditions that can effect the eye. Pink eye is conjunctivitis. It can be caused by things like viruses (common cold), bacteria, allergies, foreign body in the eye & chemical exposures.Pink eye symptoms can effect one or both eyes. They many include redness &/or itchiness, increased tearing, discharge & gritty sensation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Best to know: Some infections have no symptoms. If you are concerned about a specific exposure, see your doc and get tested. For many infections there are specific symptoms: fever, sweats, chills, weight loss, cough, chest pain, vomiting, diarrhea, urinary discomfort/back pain, discharge, skin lesions w/pus. For these you need to see a doc for treatment. For hiv, hepatitis, hpv specific tests need to be done. ...Read more
See below: Sinus infections usually are associated with the following signs and symptoms: pain, headache, bad smell or odor, green/yellow discharge, fever and on exam a ed, angry looking mucus membrane. A ct scan may be needed to help diagnose hard to treat cases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
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