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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. ...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 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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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! ...Read more

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How does a doctor diagnose pink eye? Or what kind of test do they do to find out if you have pink eye?

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

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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. ...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

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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. ...Read more

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What should I do to treat pink eye?

What should I do to treat pink eye?

Eval: 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 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Are there oral treatments for pink eye?

Pink eye: Usually topical medication is sufficient to cure most causes of pink eye. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Will azithromycin tablets for strep throat also help for pink eye?

Maybe: But strep rarely causes pink eye and azithromicin is not the best drug for strep with a high resistance rate. ...Read more

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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?

Depends: "pink eye" or viral conjunctivitis is highly contagious. It is spread by hand-eye contamination. Good hand hygiene is he best prevention no matter what the environment. ...Read more

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What can I do to avoid getting pink eye in the other eye?

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

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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

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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 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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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?

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?

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

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