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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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Can you tell me how long does viral pink eye take to go away?

Can you tell me how long does viral pink eye take to go away?

Weeks: Viral conjuctivitis usually has a two week course before the infection resolves. The ey may remain inflammed for several weeks after the infection. This can be controlled with antiinflammatory drops. ...Read more

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Can there be any way to cure viral pink eye?

Can there be any way to cure viral pink eye?

None really: Most "pinkeye" or conjunctivitis is actually viral, so eye drops, including antibiotics, 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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Can you tell me how I could clear up viral pink eye fast?

Can you tell me how I could clear up viral pink eye fast?

Not possible: There are a number of viruses which cause this and the length of infection can be from 5-10 days. There is no specific treatment; just drops for comfort. It will clear without treatment and there is no specific treatment to speed up healing.If you are ten days or more out and still have the problem, go b ack to your ophthalmologist for a second look. ...Read more

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My son had viral pink eye and eventually his sister got it. Is it possible for him to get it from her again or not because it was viral?

My son had viral pink eye and eventually his sister got it. Is it possible for him to get it from her again or not because it was viral?

Unlikely: Once your son has recovered from his pinkeye from whatever virus triggered it, he should have enough protective antibody floating around in his system to avoid a recurrence.If he has another bout it would likely be another agent, not the germ he shared with his sister.Even then, there is often a blocking agent called interferon that lingers in the area preventin new viral invasion for a while. ...Read more

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1year3month old boy had a viral pink eye 6month back.cured in 2 days.came back today again after 6 months.is it OK?or any other possibility

1year3month old boy had a viral pink eye 6month back.cured in 2 days.came back today again after 6 months.is it OK?or any other possibility

Pink Eye: First you have to make sure it is Pink eye, there are a lot of other conditions that looks like a simple conjunctivitis. Usually it is a simple infection and does not cause any problems or chronic conditions, when it is recurrent you need to make sure it is not dust allergy, or sun sensitivity to name a few so definitely see your doctor if its coming back, To Good Health Dr. Parisa ...Read more

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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