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Can you get pink eye from a cat?

Can you get pink eye from a cat?

No: It is very unlikely to transmit pink eye from a cat to a human. ...Read more

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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Can you please tell me how pink eye and a regular eye infection differ?

Can you please tell me how pink eye and a regular eye infection differ?

Cause: Most "pinkeye" or conjunctivitis is actually viral, so antibiotic eye drops are usually not effective. Viral conjunctivitis tends to run it's course in 7-10 days. It can be very contagious, spreading from one eye to the other or to other people. Hand washing is essential. To be certain it is not a more serious bacterial or fungal infection, you should see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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How can you get pink eye if you don't have a cold or sinus infection?

How can you get pink eye if you don't have a cold or sinus infection?

From someone else: If you yourself are not infected with a cold or upper respiratory infection, then you most likely came into contact with someone or something that was carrying the virus. Once you came into contact with the virus you touched your eye and infected it. ...Read more

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How do you resolve a pink eye?

How do you resolve a pink eye?

Depends : Pink eye is a generic term for an inflammation of the eye, the causes which include allergy, virus and bacteria. To determine the cause and therefore the treatment it would be best to see a doctor in your area. ...Read more

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Can your eye get bigger if you get a black eye and it heals properly?

Can your eye get bigger if you get a black eye and it heals properly?

Bigger eye?: If you get a black eye from trauma, and after swelling goes away the eye looks bigger (or proptotic), it could be from a retrobulbar hemorrhage (bledding behind the eye) have your eye doc evaluate this problem. ...Read more

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How you can get pink eye in only one eye?

Infected one side: 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. ...Read more

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How to know if you have pink eye or stye?

How to know if you have pink eye or stye?

Location: Pink eye, with several causes, leads to redness of the eye itself (the conjunctival lining over the white of the eye). Usually some discomfort, discharge and light sensitivity. Styes are in the lids, cause focal swelling, sometimes much pain and tenderness, and rarely affect vision. ...Read more

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How can you cure a blood shot eye?

How can you cure a blood shot eye?

Cause?: If an eye is just mildly red (superficial conjunctival vessels), then they can be blanched with a vasoconstricter or Alpha agonist. However, it's best to get at the cause rather than treat the system because it may be a sign of serious disease such as scleritis. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of a lazy eye or make it not as noticeable?

How can you get rid of a lazy eye or make it not as noticeable?

Surgery may be it: An eye that's mis-aligned, in an adult, can be cosmetically distracting. Even if vision can't be improved, surgery to straighten the eye often does help. The underlying cause must be determined, & that list is extensive. In a child (younger than 8 or 9 yrs or so) a pediatric ophthalmologist should be consulted to try to recover vision. ...Read more

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How can I get a chalazion?

How can I get a chalazion?

Acute stye: Can turn into a chalazion after it's walled off by the body. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of an eye stye?

How can you get rid of an eye stye?

Heat and antibiotic : The most successful early treatment is the use of warm compresses four times a day followed by an antibiotic/ steroid drop and/or ointment. If that treatment is unsuccessful, an ophthalmologist can painlessly lance the beast and drain it. ...Read more

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How long to get help for a corneal eye infection?

How long to get help for a corneal eye infection?

Immediately!: You need attention immediately! this could cause permanent vision loss or blindness. ...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 most quickly clear a pink eye?

No fast way: Conjunctiviits will run its own course which you cannot change. Over the counter allergy drops, like zaditor, (ketotifen) help with the redness and irritation. A cool compresses also makes the eye feel better. Be sure to use a lot of hand sanitizer, pink eye is very contagious. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get a rash from pink eye?

Is it possible for you to get a rash from pink eye?

Pink eye and rash: You can get a rash around your eye in association with pink eye. The other possible cause is a reaction to drops if you are using anything to treat the pink eye. Make sure you show this rash to your eye physician. ...Read more

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

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 tiny blood vessels to dilate, thus leading to a ...Read more