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How do you contract pink eye?

How do you contract pink eye?

Contagious!: Most "pink eye" in adults is a viral infection, caught from someone else with pink eye, or something that person touched! good hand washing, separate towels, and keeping your hands away from your eyes is essential. Lubricating eye drops can help. Antibiotic eye drops rarely help (although often requested). There are uncommon but serious causes of "red eye", so see your md for worsening symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

The conjunctiva is the outer layer of thye eye. Conjunctivitis means inflammation by any irritant. The normal pale clear tissue will look iritated and discolored from light pink to angry red and ...Read more


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How often can I contract pink eye?

How often can I contract pink eye?

No limit: There are many viruses and strains of viruses that cause pink eye. Thus you can contract it more than once, or even many times. ...Read more

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How devastating is contracting pink eye after LASIK?

How devastating is contracting pink eye after LASIK?

Usually manageable: Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is very rare after LASIK. The bacterial type is prevented by the strong antibiotics used, usually 4th generation fluoroquinolones. The viral type is less dangerous. If a patient has had LASIK more than a month prior to pink eye, she is unlikely to have problems. Even in the short term, pink eye can be managed with abx, iodine solution, and sometimes steroids ...Read more

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My 2 year old has contracted pink eye.How does thIs happen?What should I do?

My 2 year old has contracted pink eye.How does thIs happen?What should I do?

See his pediatrician: You should be seen by your pediatrician to verify the diagnosis of pink eye and receive proper treatment based on cause (bacterial, chemical, viral). Most commonly, this is transmitted by exposure to the virus or bacteria (touching) and then rubbing the eye. It is common and usually quite easily treated! Make that appointment. ...Read more

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How do u get pink eye?

How do u get pink eye?

Pink eye: Pink eye, broadly referred as " conjunctivitis" only means your eye is red. It can be caused by bacteria, viruses, allergies as well as chemical irritation. Therefore not all " pink eyes" are treated the same. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pink eye?

Conjunctivitis: Symptoms of conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, include reddness and irritation of the eye, especially the membrane lining the eyelids, the conjunctiva. This may also cause tearing or a discharge from the eye. ...Read more

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What is pink eye?

Virus: Viral conjunctivitis is the other name for pink eye. It generally clears on its own, but often antibiotic drops are prescribed to keep a bacterial infection from setting up in the eye after the virus has irritated it. ...Read more

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After I blink with my pink eye medicine do I wash it out?

After I blink with my pink eye medicine do I wash it out?

No need: Your eye is efficient at washing itself out and any excess fluid in the eye will either go over the cheek with the next blink or pass down the plumbing that connects the lining of the eye with the nose. So you don't need to wash it out unless it is irritating. ...Read more

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Pink Eye (Definition)

Pink eye is also known as Conjunctivitis. Inflammation of a layer called the conjunctiva is referred to as "pink ...Read more