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How can one avoid getting viral conjunctivitis?

How can one avoid getting viral conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: Being exposed to someone with conjunctivitis does not necessarily imply that you will catch the infection. Having said that, after being exposed, do not touch that person or allow that person to touch you. Stay some distance from him/her just in case s/he sneezes or coughs on you. If that happens, take a shower and if not, at least wash your hands and face. ...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


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How to avoid or prevent Bacterial Conjunctivitis, if the bacterias that cause it, is present in our skin flora or nasal flora? And how rare is it?

How to avoid or prevent Bacterial Conjunctivitis, if the bacterias that cause it, is present in our skin flora or nasal flora? And how rare is it?

Wash hands: Most germs are acquired from your environment from what you touch and transferred to your oral/nasal membranes the same way.Germs (viral or bacterial) that trigger pinkeye follow this route.Studies show an average adult touches their face/nose about 6X/hr mostly without realizing it.Once on your fingers or nasal membranes they are easily passed to the eyes.Either directly or up the tear ducts. ...Read more

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What is best way for my caregiver to avoid getting blepharitis or conjunctivitis while putting drops in my eyes?

What is best way for my caregiver to avoid getting blepharitis or conjunctivitis while putting drops in my eyes?

Preventive measures: Caregiver can wear gloves to hold eyelids open to administer drops &/or can thoroughly wash hands after instilling the drops (being careful not to touch own eyes until hands are washed). ...Read more

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What are the signs of conjunctivitis due to exposure to s. epidermidis in class?

What are the signs of conjunctivitis due to exposure to s. epidermidis in class?

Redness, discharge: The symptoms may include: redness, discharge, crusting, pain or discomfort, sometimes there's increased sensitivity to light and mild blurry vision. ...Read more

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How to know if I have gotten conjunctivitis from exposure to s. Epidermidis in class?

How to know if I have gotten conjunctivitis from exposure to s. Epidermidis in class?

Culture: If you really want to know the exact germ that caused the symptoms, you need to see your doctor who may perform a bacterial culture, if he/she agrees that that it will be beneficial. ...Read more

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What is conjunctivitis?

What is conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva, a thin membrane that coats and protects the surface of the eye. Common causes of conjunctivitis in adults are certain viruses and allergies. ...Read more

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What causes conjunctivitis?

What causes conjunctivitis?

Several issues: Conjunctivitis=inflammation of the conjunctiva irritant : dust, hair spray, mascara, chemicals germ: bacterial, chlamydia, viral allergy: air born pollen conjunctivitis is a unifying label for many things that cause inflammation but most use the term for the germ causes. Exam by your doc is a simple way to define the cause more accurately. ...Read more

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Is conjunctivitis catching?

Is conjunctivitis catching?

Yes: Since a preponderance of conjunctivitis is viral, this form is very contagious and is spread by contact with the ocular secretions. Expect about 7-10 days of complete recovery. Best to avoid spreading by using meticulous hygiene around your eyes and avoid touching your other eye or passing on to others. You may try artificial tears, ocular decongestants (naphcon a), stay hydrated ; get plenty rest. ...Read more

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Can you catch conjunctivitis?

Can you catch conjunctivitis?

Yes you can: A majority of infectious conjunctivitis is caused by viruses- the better known one is adenovirus (aka pink eye). This is highly contagious and can be spread by touch. By not washing their hands and contacting their eyes, a person who is exposed to an infected patient can get it. ...Read more

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