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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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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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One eye red in corner. Doc says pink eye, antibiotics don't help. 3rd week red, now in both. Can it be viral pink eye(no cold)? How long does it last?

One eye red in corner. Doc says pink eye, antibiotics don't help. 3rd week red, now in both. Can it be viral pink eye(no cold)? How long does it last?

Red White And Blue?: Yes. The first guess would be a "viral" or viral-like infection. If it lasts longer than a month I'd get more concerned and want to be seen by an opthalmologist (eye doctor). It probably spread to the other eye from an inadvertent touching or rubbing. As long as your vision is OK and there isn't a bunch of goo dripping out or it's real painful you can afford to wait. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to wear contacts with pink eye?

How long should I wait to wear contacts with pink eye?

Till it's over: Your doctor should instruct you to stop wearing your contact lenses until your pink eye has completely resolved. Whether viral or bacterial, the critters causing your pink eye can survive on your contacts and reinfect you. Better yet, throw out that pair and start a fresh pair after your pink eye has resolved. But don't start wearing contact lenses again until after your pink eye has resolved. ...Read more

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How long do I have to wait after pink eye seems cleared up before i can wear contacts? Can i wear them as soon as i don't have any more itchiness from the pink eye, or do I need to wait longer? .

Once : Once all symptoms of conjunctivits (pink eye) are clear, contact lens wear can usually be resumed. Old contacts, contact lens case, and solution should be discarded to minimize risk of re-infection. Redness, pain, blurred vision, watery or mucous discharge are common symptoms of pink eye. ...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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Pink Eye (Definition)

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


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