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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

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 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?

Pink eye: Pink eye is conjunctivitis. It can be caused by things like viruses (common cold), bacteria, allergies, foreign body in the eye & chemical exposures. ...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?

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?

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?

Pink Eye: Antibiotic eye drops can be used to treat bacterial pink eye. Most viral conjunctivitis does not require treatment (but antiviral meds may used if it is a herpes simplex virus infection). Allergic conjunctivitis may be treated with mast cell stabilizers or antihistamines. ...Read more

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What's good for pink eye?

What's good for pink eye?

Good hygiene: Rest, time, artificial tears, compresses, topical antibiotics typically if severe discharge, sometimes topical steroids if develop subepithelial infiltrates or pseudomembranes; see eye physician. ...Read more

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How do you get pink eye?

Most commonly viral: "pinkeye" is a general term for inflammation of the white of the eye, or conjunctivitis. It is often viral, but can be bacterial or even allergic. Some forms of viral pinkeye can be quite debilitating, even leading to visual loss. Recent antiviral medications have proved quite effective against the more severe forms of conjunctivitis, so be sure to see your eye doctor at the first signs. ...Read more

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What can cause pink eye?

What can cause pink eye?

Viral conjunctivitis: He overwhelming majority of "pink eye" cases are due to viral conjunctival infection. This is usually self limited, dramatic looking, and moderately contagious. There are other causes of eye redness. See your ophthalmologist to sort this out. ...Read more

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How can pink eye start?

How can pink eye start?

Contagious: You got this from another person. Red eyes with purulent discharge is the usual presentation. If eye just red probably not pink eye or conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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How can I cure pink eye?

How can I cure pink eye?

Depends on cause.: Antibiotic eye drops can be used to treat bacterial pink eye. Most viral conjunctivitis does not require treatment (but antiviral meds may used if it is a herpes simplex virus infection). Allergic conjunctivitis may be treated with mast cell stabilizers or antihistamines. ...Read more

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How does pink eye spread?

How does pink eye spread?

Prevent spread: Now that you know how it is spread, work to prevent spreading to those around you. Wash your hands a lot! Don't shake hands, share pens, towels or pillows. Wash your hands again! The best thing you can do is not give this to your family friends and coworkers. ...Read more

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3 statistics for pink eye?

3 statistics for pink eye?

Conjunctivitis: A pink eye can be due to many things. Classically a "pink eye" is due to viral conjunctivitis and can be very contagious with severe itchiness. If you do have true pink eye, the most natural way to treat it is cold ice packs for itchiness; cold tears in refrigerator helps also. If severe an eyemd can rx stronger drops. If discharge, use warm towel to clear it away. Any vision change, see eyemd. ...Read more

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Does pink eye always itch?

Does pink eye always itch?

No: "pink eye" can indicate many things. If it is caused by an allergy, the eyes will itch and tear. ...Read more

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What are signs of pink eye?

Pink eye: Most common is a pink eye with mucous and eyelashes sticking together especially on awakening. The eyelids can swell and there can be a slight blur in vision but should not be dramatic change. Can also be associated with an upper respiratory infection. ...Read more

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What are pink eye symptoms?

What are pink eye symptoms?

Red/pink eyes: Pink eye, or conjunctivitis is a common ailment, especially in children. The white of the eye (sclera) becomes bloodshot, the inner eyelids are red, sometimes swollen, increased tears, and sometimes pus causes the lids to stick together. It can be bacterial, viral, or allergic and the treatment depends upon the etiology. ...Read more

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Tell me how pink eye starts?

Tell me how pink eye starts?

Exposure: Viral or bacterial pink eye. Hand to eye contact. Symptoms may include itchiness, burning sensation, red eye, matting, light sensitivity, . ...Read more

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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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How long would pink eye last?

Up to 7-10 dyays: Most uncomplicated "pink eye" is self limiting.


















Persistence mandates evaluation and focused treatment. ...Read more

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What can I do about pink eye?

Depends on origin: Pink eye can be due to bacteria, virus, allergy, chemicals etc. So depends on the cause. If it least more than 5 days, I would see an ophthalmologist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of pink eye?

What are symptoms of pink eye?

Red, discharge: Pink eye usually refers to viral conjunctivitis, symptoms include some drainage, either watery or thicker. Lids can be stuck and swollen, foreign body sensation with burning, eye is red bloodshot and irritated, transfer easily from one eye to the other, very contagious. ...Read more

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Can I cook if I have pink eye?

Can I cook if I have pink eye?

Yes you may cook: Pink eye is usually caused by a virus, which can be spread to others with close contact. Postpone the dinner party if you can, but if you have to cook for others, make sure to use strict hand washing. ...Read more

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Can dogs give humans pink eye?

Can dogs give humans pink eye?

Pink eye from dogs: The organisms affecting human eyes and canine eyes are completely different and do not cross over. If you dog has this, you are safe; if you have pink eye your dog will not get it from you. ...Read more

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How does someone get pink eye?

How does someone get pink eye?

Pink Eye: Pink eye is conjunctivitis. It can be caused by things like viruses (common cold), bacteria, allergies, foreign body in the eye & chemical exposures. ...Read more

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How do you resolve a pink eye?

Depends: Pink eye is a generic term for an inflammation of the eye, the causes which include allergy, virus and bacteria. To determine the cause and therefore the treatment it would be best to see a doctor in your area. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pink eye?

What to do if I have pink eye?

Conjunctivitis: A pink eye can be due to many things. Classically a "pink eye" is due to viral conjunctivitis and can be very contagious with severe itchiness. If you do have true pink eye, the most natural way to treat it is cold ice packs for itchiness; cold tears in refrigerator helps also. If severe an eyemd can rx stronger drops. If discharge, use warm towel to clear it away. Any vision change, see eyemd. ...Read more

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How do they diagnose pink eye?

Eye exam: Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is diagnosed by an eye exam. There are many types of conjunctivitis and many other eye conditions that have similar symptoms. Your best bet is to see an ophthalmologist to make the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can I go to work with pink eye?

Can I go to work with pink eye?

Not recommended: Pink eye is contagious, thus if a person is still having discharge from the eye it is best to stay at home if you can. Many places, such as daycare facilities and schools require people to have topical treatment for 24 hrs before returning. ...Read more

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What causes pink eye to happen?

Agree w/ Dr. Edwards: Virus is probably the most common cause of pink eye, but there are also other causes. See one's doc if there is cloudy thick goopy discharge as one may have a bacterial pink eye. A painful pink eye could be a sign of glaucoma. Pink eye may also be seen with auto immune disorders in which case there may be inflammation in the iris. See doc for persistent unusual uncomfortable pink eye. ...Read more

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

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 tiny blood vessels to dilate, thus leading to a ...Read more