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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. 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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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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What is pink eye?

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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How to cure pink eye?

How to cure pink eye?

Depends: Most pink eye is viral which has to just go away on its own and the treatment is to improve comfort and prevent spread. Bacterial causes are cured easily with antibiotic eye drops. Allergic causes are treated with allergy eye drops. There are other less common causes as well. But garden variety viral conjunctivitis has to run its course. ...Read more

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What causes pink eye?

What causes pink eye?

Viral infection: Sometimes bacterial infection can compound the original infection. ...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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Remedies for pink eye?

Pink eye treatment: It depends on the cause. It could be an infection, tired eyes or even dry eyes. Consult with your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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What causes pink eye ?

Multiple: You can have exposure internally or externally. You can get it from lake swimming. It can be from make-up, etc. There are over 100 different types. Most are benign or self limited. Persistence means evaluation by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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How to remove pink eye?

How to remove pink eye?

Depends: 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

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

Conjunctivitis is 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 the tiny blood vessels in the conjunctiva to dilate, thus leading to a redness of the eye. Depending on the cause of the conjunctitis there can also be itching, irritation, and discharge ...Read more