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How come every time I get sick I get an eye infection?

How come every time I get sick I get an eye infection?

URI's involve eyes: When you say you get sick i will assume you are talking about an upper respiratory infection of some kind. Many times these involve the sinuses as well as the eyes due to there close proximity. Some viruses also infect both the eyes and the throat. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Malerman
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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 come every time I get sick I get an eye infection that looks like herpes?

How come every time I get sick I get an eye infection that looks like herpes?

Could be herpes: Herpes can cause ocular, or eye symptoms. As herpes outbreaks can occur during times of illness, it is possible that you are having recurrent ocular herpes outbreaks. You definitely need to be seen by your doctor during one of these episodes to obtain a proper diagnosis. Untreated ocular herpes can lead to worse illnesses in the eye such as keratoconjunctivis. There are medications available! ...Read more

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I just came home from being in a steam room for a long time and i keep seeing a lot of white fog at every thing from my eyes? Is this a eye infection?

? dehydration: Your visual changes could be related to eye irritation due to the steam or dehydration from excessive sweating in the steam room. Try frequent artificial tears and water intake. If no improvement, see an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Lids has yellow crust every morning. How do I get rid of eye infection? Have some old steroid medicine

Lids has yellow crust every morning. How do I get rid of eye infection? Have some old steroid medicine

Crusting of lash/lid: Chronic eyelid crusting usually caused by a type of deep seated infection of the lids oil glands or lash follicles. Warm compresses for ten minutes folowed by scrubbing the lashes and lid margin can help rid some forms of ofending agents and lessen the use of topically applied antibiotics. Steroids without antibiotics might do more harm than good. See eye doctor if you are uncertain. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get an eye infection from sleeping with your contacts in?

Is it possible to get an eye infection from sleeping with your contacts in?

Yes: Major studies have shown that sleeping with your contacts in increases the risk of a contact lens related eye infection. ...Read more

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Can you get an eye infection from hot tubs?

Can you get an eye infection from hot tubs?

Yes: Hot tubs require a lot of care. If they are not cleaned, and the water "shocked", bacteria and other organisms can grow. The conjunctiva is a mucous membrane, and can easily become infected. I caution all patients with recent eye surgery to avoid hot tubs. In addition contact lens wearers must remove their lenses prior to swimming or hot tub use. ...Read more

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If you get an eye infection can it permanently damage your vison?

If you get an eye infection can it permanently damage your vison?

Rarely: Typically, only severe corneal eye ulcers will effect the vision permanently. ...Read more

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How could I get an eye infection 2 weeks after being in contact with someone with an eye infection?

How could I get an eye infection 2 weeks after being in contact with someone with an eye infection?

Coincidence?: It may be that you simply contracted your own eye infection with a different virus, independent of your interaction with the person 2 weeks ago. But also sometimes different viruses have long "incubation periods" and it may take some time for the virus to cause you symptoms after you acquire it. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get an eye infection from a stomach virus?

Is it possible to get an eye infection from a stomach virus?

Sure: A viral infection can affect any part or parts of the body, and particularly mucous membranes, like the conjunctiva. So a gastrointestinal viral infection (gastroenteritis) can also manifest a conjunctivitis. An example is adenoviral infections. ...Read more

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Can you get an eye infection after being in a hot tub?

Can you get an eye infection after being in a hot tub?

Acanthamoeba: Hot tubs and fresh water pools and lakes also harbor a weird bug called acanthamoeba that can cause severe corneal ulcers especially in contact lens wearers. ...Read more

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Can you get an eye infection from sleeping with eye makeup? Any home cures? I don't have insurance.

Can you get an eye infection from sleeping with eye makeup? Any home cures? I don't have insurance.

Irritant rxn: Unless the material you are using is contaminated by germs, it is unlikely any eye infection is related. Many do get small bits of eyeliner or other makeup into the sensitive spaces around the eye (folds of the conjunctiva) this can cause swelling & redness that is irritant based rather than infective. Generous use of eye wash or artificial tears can remove the debris & help the irritation fade. ...Read more

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How come eye infection caused my eye to go smaller and how can I get it back to normal cos its been small for over a week and my eye is still abit red?

How come eye infection caused my eye to go smaller and how can I get it back to normal cos its been small for over a week and my eye is still abit red?

It's not: It's not really smaller. It's just that your eyelid is closed more because of the irritation causing it to look smaller. As the infection clears, it should return to normal. See your eye doctor if it isn't getting better. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get eye infection if I blinked underwater in a pool?

Is it possible to get eye infection if I blinked underwater in a pool?

No: Eyes can get irritated by chlorine. Also no contact lens wear in hot tubs, otherwise increased infection risk. ...Read more

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Why isn't my eye infection of seven weeks going away after all this time?

Why isn't my eye infection of seven weeks going away after all this time?

Not an infection: Eye infections usually do not last this long but other eye irritations can--please have an ophthalmologist recheck this. ...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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Can someone tell me how to get rid of a eye infection?

Is it bacterial ...: Viral. These two. Sometimes overlap in presentation. The best thing to do is contact an eye care professional that can determine if you have an infection and if so which antibiotic would be best. ...Read more

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Eye infection. How easy can u get from partner? Have to be close contact or can get without close contact

Eye infection. How easy can u get from partner? Have to be close contact or can get without close contact

Contact: Most likely would have to be due to direct contact or direct contact with something partner was in direct contact with. Both of you wash hands frequently! ...Read more

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How do you get over an eye infection?

How do you get over an eye infection?

Time: Depending on the etiology of the eye infection, it just may be time you need. Viral infections must run their course and this could last 2-4 weeks. Unfortunately there are no specific medications for viral eye infections. Bacterial eye infections should be evaluated by a health care provider for topical antibiotics. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a eye infection and how can I get rid of it?

What are the signs of a eye infection and how can I get rid of it?

Depends: Most eye infections are on the surface causing redness, swelling, irritation, discharge and some degree of visual blur.
If the infection is internal, the pain can be very intense, the vision markedly diminished and substantial lowering of the vision. An ophthalmologist should be consulted if you have any of these issues. ...Read more

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If i touch something someone with an eye infection has touched, can I get infected as well?

If i touch something someone with an eye infection has touched, can I get infected as well?

Yes: Conjunctivitis, especially viral conjunctivitis, can be very contagious; the key is good hand washing. If you touch the object, but wash your hands before you get them close to your eyes, you should be fine. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of an eye infection?

How can I get rid of an eye infection?

Depends: Most actual eye infections are viral and while frequently very unpleasant are almost always self limited - keep it clean but antibiotics do not work. In adults, if the infection is bacterial then antibiotics can get rid of it. Less easy are infections caused by fungus and amoebas .These have to be seen by a corneal specialist as they can be very visually threatening. ...Read more

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I just had an eye infection, can I get lasik?

I just had an eye infection, can I get lasik?

Lasik: The infection needs to be treated and completely gone prior to lasik surgery. ...Read more

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I think I have an eye infection! how can I get rid of it?

I think I have an eye infection! how can I get rid of it?

Have it evaluated: If it is viral some will heal over time & some otc eye drops may be soothing as you heal. Some aggressive viral & all bacterial infections will require prescription meds. ...Read more

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My eyelids get really crust, coud I have an eye infection?

My eyelids get really crust, coud I have an eye infection?

Yes: Yes, or it could be from allergies or chronic dry eyes. As well as blepharitis or mebomianitis. ...Read more

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Docs, could a pharmacy at cvs for example have something for eye infection that i can get?

Docs, could a pharmacy at cvs for example have something for eye infection that i can get?

See ophthalmologist: Pharmacists can do many terrific things. But they are not trained eye doctors. If you are concerned about an eye infection, have it evaluated by a ophthalmologist or at least an emergency room physician. It is important to protect your eyes. ...Read more

Dr. LINDA VARGAS
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Eye Infections (Definition)

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