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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. ...Read more
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
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
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! ...Read more
How does a doctor diagnose pink eye? Or what kind of test do they do to find out if you have pink eye?
Clinical diagnosis: It is a clinical diagnosis based on history and examination. No specific test needed. ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Maybe: But strep rarely causes pink eye and azithromicin is not the best drug for strep with a high resistance rate. ...Read more
I had pink eye about 3 months ago, got it while I was in assisted living. Now in nursing home. Is risk higher or lower?
Wash hands: Pink eye is spread from eye to the other by touch. So wash your hands frequently and try not to touch your unaffected eye. ...Read more
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