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What is the technical definition of pink eye and how do you get rid of it?

What is the technical definition of pink eye and how do you get rid of it?

A virus infection: The term "pink eye" usually refers viral conjunctivitis. It is highly contagious. Because it is not due to a bacterial, antibiotic drops are not effective. The infection will go away by itself, just as in the common cold. Topical artificial tears can help with symptoms.

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 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.

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Is pink eye a typical symptom of something worse?

Unknown.: An irritated eye, leading to a pink or red appearance, can be due to numerous causes. See your ophthalmologist for a more definitive diagnosis.

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What are the symptoms of pink eye?

What are the symptoms of pink eye?

Conjunctivitis: Symptoms of conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, include reddness and irritation of the eye, especially the membrane lining the eyelids, the conjunctiva. This may also cause tearing or a discharge from the eye.

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What are signs of pink eye?

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.

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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.

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How does the doctor diagnose pink eye?

Several ways: Usually this is a clinical diagnosis it is based on the history given, the symptoms, the examination of the eye (s) the type of discharge, and other historical and exam findings. There are some rapid tests to determine if the infection is viral or bacterial. One can also do a smear of the discharge and stain it and determine the type by looking at the slide. Culture can be taken too!

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How do you know if you have pink eye?

How do you know if you have pink eye?

Pink eye: Pink eye will look red with push discharge. It is itchy usually.

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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.

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What does it mean when the whites of someone's eyes have a discoloration (not talking about pink-eye)?

What does it mean when the whites of someone's eyes have a discoloration (not talking about pink-eye)?

Several things: Depending on the color, shape, size and location, there are several possible causes. Most commonly, yellow "fatty" appearing spots near the cornea (clear part covering the color of the eye) called pingueculae or pterygiae are caused by years of exposure to the elements (sunlight, high winds). Any newly-seen spots should be evaluated by an eye doctor.

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What should I do to treat pink eye?

Stay Away: True pink eye is usually slang for viral conjunctivitis. It is commonly seen in children as it is so contagious. If the eye is red, however, there are many causes and should be seen by your eye doctor.

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What over-the-counter medication treats pink eye?

Bacterial--none: If the "pink eye" is bacterial an antibiotic is needed. If the eye is "pink" from an allergy, otc opcon a is a good choice.

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How do I get treated for pink eye?

Pink eye: Most pink eye is caused by Adenovirus and is very contagious. Sometimes the eye is infected with bacteria. Please see your primary care physician for treatment and/or referral to an ophthalmologist as needed as soon as possible. Do not share linens, towels, or wash cloths with anyone. Wash your hands frequently. Use warm compresses then 1.2 strength baby shampoo with water on Qtips to wash lids.

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I was wondering what are the best meds for treating pink eye?

I was wondering what are the best meds for treating pink eye?

Antibiotic drops: You need to be evaluated by a doctor to determine the cause of pink eye. Having pink eyes can be related to allergy, virus or bacteria. Your doctor will determine if you will need prescription meds.

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What is the most effective treatment for pink eye?

What is the most effective treatment for pink eye?

Pink eye: This depends on the cause of the pink eye, bacterial pink eye requires antibiotic drops, viral pink eye requires antiviral drops, allergic pink eye may require Patanol (olopatadine) and or steroid drops, and dry eye pink eye requires appropriate wetting agents.

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Best home remedies to cure pink eye?

Best home remedies to cure pink eye?

Pink eye: Cool compresses if the cause is allergy. Mild antibiotic eye drops if infection. Warm compresses applied to the closed eye to ease the discomfort.

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How do you get rid of pink eye before it gets really bad?

Viral conjunctivitis: Pink eye is almost always caused by a virus. True bacterial conjunctivitis is actually extremely rare. Because of this antibiotics typically do not help pink eye and unfortunately you just have to let it run it's course. Lubricating drops and sometimes steroid drops can help with your symptoms. That being said there are many causes of a red eye and you should see your eye dr for further evaluatio.

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Chronic sinusitis for yrs with pink-eye-like symptoms/eye pressure for 3 mos. After CT one ENT says surgery now! 2nd ENT says stronger drugs. Which?

Cannot advise: Without seeing the films and having your full medical history it is impossible to intelligently provide an answer. If you have had this for years and have not been able to resolve it, eradication seems unlikely with medication alone. There may be other alternatives to full surgery. Get a third opinion or discuss at length with the two doctors who differ.

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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