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What's the difference between viral conjunctivitis and pink eye?

What's the difference between viral conjunctivitis and pink eye?

Usually the same: Most "pink eye" is caused by viral conjunctivitis, in which case they're the same. However, a bacterial conjunctivitis, though less common, could cause the same symptoms and be referred to as pink eye, and there are other conditions that can make the eye look red. ...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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My 7 month old recently had URTI today I noticed pink left eye. Could this be viral conjunctivitis?there's no greenish nor yellowish discharge. what's the remedy?

My 7 month old recently had URTI today I noticed pink left eye. Could this be viral conjunctivitis?there's no greenish nor yellowish discharge. what's the remedy?

Possible: Pink eye without any yellow discharge most probably due to viral illness .This will resolve of it own in 3-4 days . If there is lot of watering or itching and swelling of eyelids then it may be due to allergy .Wait &watch for a day for any improvement ,otherwise consult your pediatrician . ...Read more

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Pink eye (viral conjunctivitis) (Tip)

Make sure to tell your doctor if you have an autoimmune condition when discussing pink eye symptoms. ...See more

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Treating Pink Eye (Checklist)

Wash your hands frequently
Daily
See your doctor to determine if your pink eye is allergic, viral, or bacterial
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Do not use someone else's eye drops
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One of my eyes got a little red but only half of it. I had viral conjunctivitis on march but on both eyes. What could it be?

One of my eyes got a little red but only half of it. I had viral conjunctivitis on march but on both eyes. What could it be?

Tough to say: It could be the viral conjunctivitis is still causing some minor inflammation, or allergies are adding to your issues. If it persists, see the Dr. for an examination. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Wieder Dr. Wieder
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Pink eye (viral conjunctivitis) (Tip)

Since pink eye can be very contagious, try to avoid direct contact with others. ...See more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Treating a Lazy Eye (Checklist)

Wear glasses to protect your lazy eye
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Get an annual eye exam
Yearly
If your condition is severe, use low vision aids
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Dr. Richard Wieder Dr. Wieder
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Pink eye (viral conjunctivitis) (Tip)

Since pink eye can be contagious, avoid contact with others until your symptoms get better. ...See more

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Treating Eye Injuries (Checklist)

Seek immediate medical attention
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If it's a chemical exposure, rinse your eye with water for 15 minutes
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Do not rub your eye
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Could marijuana prevent my eye infected with viral conjunctivitis from healing?

Could marijuana prevent my eye infected with viral conjunctivitis from healing?

Yes: Marijuana causes increased congestion of blood vessels in the eye - in fact, reddened eyes are one of the signs of smoking marijuana. If you already have a conjunctivitis, it will increase the irritation and inflammation going on in your eye. There are eyedrops which can help - talk to your doctor. If you have problems stopping marijuana, even temporarily, seek counseling with a professional. ...Read more

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What's the difference between viral conjunctivitis and keratitis? I'm afraid I have keratitis. My eye is red, light sensitive, teary and blurry

What's the difference between viral conjunctivitis and keratitis? I'm afraid I have keratitis. My eye is red, light sensitive, teary and blurry

Inflammation: Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva (covering on the white part of the eye). Keratitis is inflammation of the cornea (clear layer in front of the iris). Both can be caused by viruses and both can be present at the same time. The light sensitivity and blurred vision could be caused by keratitis. Anytime you have blurred vision you should see your eye doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Pink eye (viral conjunctivitis) (Tip)

Pink eye may actually be a more serious condition like iritis. Check in with your eyemd. ...See more

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Managing Eye Twitching (Checklist)

Reduce caffeine intake
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Reduce alcohol intake
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My eye has been having clear discharge and some yellow, with crusting for a day and a half, how do I know if it is bacterial or viral conjunctivitis?

My eye has been having clear discharge and some yellow, with crusting for a day and a half, how do I know if it is bacterial or viral conjunctivitis?

Treatments vary: The symptoms can vary from allergic conjunctivitis to as you state, bacterial or viral conjunctivitis. Usually on slit lamp (microscopy) exam in the office the conjunctival surface and cornea can give us clues. If you have no pain or vision loss, you may want to try an otc allergy drop for a day, since it's sunday. If not better by the monday am, then see your provider in the morning. ...Read more

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I am experiencing itchy eyes, bloodshot eyes (side: one eye only) and eyelid swelling. Looks like a have viral conjunctivitis. What eye drop I need?

I am experiencing  itchy eyes, bloodshot eyes (side: one eye only) and eyelid swelling. Looks like a have viral conjunctivitis. What eye drop I need?

Be careful: Pink eye can be a difficult condition to diagnose or treat. OTC medications may not be adequate to treat ocular inflammation. Please see an eye doctor to be complete ...Read more

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Pink eye (viral conjunctivitis) (Tip)

It's contagious so wash your hands often, especially after touching the affected eye. ...See more

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover your eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels separately with hot water
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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

A highly contangious condition in which the eyeball and ...Read more