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How can I tell if I have allergies or an eye infection?

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 more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Infection (Definition)

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


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How can I tell if I have an eye infection from contacts?

How can I tell if I have an eye infection from contacts?

The white spot: Usually the most common infection associated with contact lens use is the bacterial corneal ulcer. This looks like a small white spot on the corneal surface. This needs to be treated asap to prevent potential vision loss! ...Read more

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How to know if I have pink eye or just an allergy?

How to know if I have pink eye or just an allergy?

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

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How can you tell if you have a sinus infection or just bad allergies?

How can you tell if you have a sinus infection or just bad allergies?

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

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How can I tell if I have a cold or allergies?

How can I tell if I have a cold or allergies?

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 more

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How can i know if i have a viral or bacterial conjunctivitis?

How can i know if i have a viral or bacterial conjunctivitis?

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 more

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How can I tell if I have viral or bacterial pink eye?

How can I tell if I have viral or bacterial pink eye?

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

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How can I tell if I have a skin infection or allergic dermatitis?

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How can I tell if I have a skin infection or allergic dermatitis?

Itching or soreness: One simple way to differentiate between allergic dermatitis vs. Skin infection is if the area is itchy. Allergic dermatitis will typically be scaly and itchy. Skin infections are normally red, swollen, tender, and not itchy. This rule is not always 100%. ...Read more

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I can't tell if I have conjunctivitis or allergies?

I can't tell if I have conjunctivitis or allergies?

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

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How can I confirm whether I have allergies or a cold?

How can I confirm whether I have allergies or a cold?

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

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How can I tell if I have a regular ear infection or labyrinthitis?

How can I tell if I have a regular ear infection or labyrinthitis?

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 more

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How can I tell if i just have a cold or sinus infection and need to go to doctor ?

How can I tell if i just have a cold or sinus infection and need to go to doctor ?

How severe is it?: Unless you have a high fever or trouble breathing, you can usually give a cold or sinus infection 7-10 days to clear up. If it doesn't clear up in that time, or if you are getting worse after a week, instead of better, then see someone. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have pink eye or an eye infection ?

How can you tell if you have pink eye or an eye infection ?

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

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How to tell if I have pink eye or something worse?

How to tell if I have pink eye or something worse?

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 more

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How can I know if I have a viral infection or something worse?

How can I know if I have a viral infection or something worse?

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

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How can I tell if I have an infection and not just a virus?

How can I tell if I have an infection and not just a virus?

See below: Viruses, along with bacteria, fungi, protozoa, parasites, and prions, all cause infections. The only way to know for sure is to go to the doctor for an exam, blood tests, and cultures, if necessary. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a sinus infection?

How can I tell if I have a sinus infection?

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 more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

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


Dr. LINDA VARGAS
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Eye Infections (Definition)

Eye infection = disease state of eye ...Read more