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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. LINDA VARGAS
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Eye Infections (Definition)

Eye infection is a medical condition characterized by symptoms such as redness, swelling, itchiness, and discharge. It can be caused by viral or bacterial infection, and often it is difficult to distinguish between the two. In general, bacterial infections are more likely to be in both eyes and be associated with pus like discharge and crusting of the ...Read more


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What are the signs of an eye infection compared to eye allergies?

What are the signs of an eye infection compared to eye allergies?

Itchiness: Usually allergy is causes 'itchy eyes'. Also allergy is more likely to be bilateral than infection. An infectious conjunctivitis can cause a thicker discharge causing the eyelashes to stick together in the morning. Either way see an eye doctor for help. ...Read more

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My eyes are extremely itchy, could I have an eye infection or just allergies? How do I know?

My eyes are extremely itchy, could I have an eye infection or just allergies? How do I know?

Allergies likely: Extreme itchiness is most probably allergy related, especially if it is accompanied by a sticky discharge. Best way to know for sure is see an eye doctor. ...Read more

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How do you tell if you have an eye infection?

How do you tell if you have an eye infection?

Several symptoms.: If you experience any of these symptoms: decrease/change in vision, pain, photophobia, redness, any discharge you may have an eye infection. Regardless you should have an ophthalmologist examine your eyes asap. ...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?

Pain, redness: The usual infection from contacts is due to overwear, and poor wearing habits. If your eyes start to hurt, get very red, have discharge and the vision changes, this is a strong possibility. Remove your lenses, see your ophthalmologist and adopt better wearing habits. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could naturally cure an eye infection?

Can you tell me how I could naturally cure an eye infection?

Self Limiting: Ariel, If you have either bacterial or viral pinkeye (conjunctivitis), and not herpes, the infection is self limiting and will clear on its own, without any treatment in 7-10 days. If it is a herpes infection, like a cold sore, or any other type of more serious problem (corneal infection, keretitis, or ulcer), it wiit will not. Are you a contact lens wearer? If so GET IT CHECKED! ...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 can I tell if my contact lenses are causing an eye infection?

How can I tell if my contact lenses are causing an eye infection?

Pain and redness: Bacterial keratitis is a vison threatening infection. In the usa, contact lenses use is the number one risk factor. Loss of vision, permanently can occur in as few as 24 hours. Do not wait for the problem to get better, see your dr. In the last 5 years, some contact lens solutions made keratitis easy. They have been removed by fda http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/1194028-overview. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between an eye infection caused by a sinus infection or pink eye?

How to tell the difference between an eye infection caused by a sinus infection or pink eye?

When it's caused...: ...By a sinus infection and there's redness and swelling around the eye, that's called periorbital or preseptal cellulitis. When there is no or minimal swelling, but there is redness and pain and maybe discharge, that's pinkeye. Note that you can have both at once, that periorbital cellulitis can happen without a sinus infection, and sometimes it can be hard to distinguish which came first. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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


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