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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 left eye is red and the eyelid swollen, it itches and gets watery easily. Is it pink eye or an infection?

My left eye is red and the eyelid swollen, it itches and gets watery easily. Is it pink eye or an infection?

Could be: Your description could very well be "pink eye, " a.K.A. Viral conjunctivitis. It could also be a bacterial infection or even a contact allergy. I would recommend seeing an ophthalmologist to be sure. They each require different treatment. ...Read more

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What should I do after getting pink eye from itching my eye?

What should I do after getting pink eye from itching my eye?

Cool compresses!: When one mechanically rubs the eyes, it stimulates significant allergic reaction. Cool compresses help with alleviating that! ...Read more

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Can pink eye last a long time if I keep touching and itching my eyes?

Can pink eye last a long time if I keep touching and itching my eyes?

No: Pink eye is usually a self limited disease. If your eye itch you have something other than pink eye. ...Read more

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Does pink eye always cause itching?

Sometimes: Eyes that look red (so-called "pink-eye") can be due to many things including bacterial and viral infections, allergies, inflammations, etc. Typically allergic conjunctivitis produces itch. Itching is occasionally noted with bacterial and viral conjunctivitis as well, but less commonly. Blepharitis can produce itching on the lid margins. ...Read more

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Is pink eye considered a "pink eye" when no itching or pain?

Is pink eye considered a "pink eye" when no itching or pain?

Yes: Pink eye is just an eye that is pink for any reason. Pink eye could be an infection, in which case there is often pus. (this kind is contagious.) it may be allergy in which case it is usually itchy. (not contagious) it may be trauma in which case there is often pain. It may be irritation in which case there may be pus, itching and/or pain. ...Read more

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Eye is pink reddish color, tearing when I wake up, itching, a lil soreness, is this pink eye? My bf has this too

Eye is pink reddish color, tearing when I wake up, itching, a lil soreness, is this pink eye? My bf has this too

Probably: If both you and your boyfriend are experiencing similar symptoms with discomfort and discharge you probably have an eye infection. You both should have your eyes examined. Std's can sometimes present with eye involvement. ...Read more

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Woke up with crusty stuff on eye. It's a little red and itching. Is this pink eye? If so how contageous? Should I go to work?

Woke up with crusty stuff on eye. It's a little red and itching. Is this pink eye? If so how contageous? Should I go to work?

See eye doctor: You may have a viral or bacterial conjunctivitis. Will help to see an eye doctor for medicated eye drops. Do not rub or wear eye makeup. And it is contagious. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with viral pink eye. It seemed like it was getting better (less tearing, less red, less itching). But now it seems like the itching a?

I was diagnosed with viral pink eye. It seemed like it was getting better (less tearing, less red, less itching). But now it seems like the itching a?

Alllergic: Both viral and allergic conjunctivitis have similar symptoms except itch happens with allergic conjunctivitis. The viral one is contagious and correlates with the a upper respiratory viral infection during or after recovery. Artificial tears and Cold compressors help with the symptoms. ...Read more

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How do I treat symptoms like pink eye but there is no itching. I switched eye solutions and I had an allergic reaction to it. What do I do?

How do I treat symptoms like pink eye but there is no itching. I switched eye solutions and I had an allergic reaction to it. What do I do?

See eye doctor: No itching? You may have an infection or a more serious eye disorder that allergic conjunctivitis. Fortunately board-certified ophthalmologists have the expertise and the equipment to diagnose your problem and the safe and effective medications to treat most conditions. ...Read more

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I have 1 really bloody almost all red eye for 3 days. Its not pink eye. There was no impact to eye. No pain or itching. I can see fine. Cause? Remedy?

I have 1 really bloody almost all red eye for 3 days. Its not pink eye. There was no impact to eye. No pain or itching. I can see fine. Cause? Remedy?

Hemorrhage: Sounds like a sub-conjunctival hemorrhage. As long as the vision is unchanged and there is no pain, everything should be fine. This is due to a blood vessel leaking blood and is usually without cause. Sometimes straining or blood thinner can cause this. If it continues to happen, follow up with eye md. Could be episcleritis, use artificial tears. ...Read more

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I got pink eye the other day and the eye drops aren't helping the itching or burning like they are sopousto I heard that warm chamomiel tea bags help?

I got pink eye the other day and the eye drops aren't helping the itching or burning like they are sopousto I heard that warm chamomiel tea bags help?

What drops?: The tea bags will do nothing to speed the resolutions of the condition. The application of heat may help but it depends on the exact diagnosis. Your best option is to see your eye doctor for more effective treatment. ...Read more

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Child has red eye on one side looks like pink eye but no itching or burning?

Child has red eye on one side looks like pink eye but no itching or burning?

Pink eye: Conjunctivitis or "pink eye" doesn't always itch or burn. Allergic conjunctivitis can resemble infectious conjunctivitis but is usually on both sides. A foreign body is another possibility. You probably should have your pediatrician take a look at it. ...Read more

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My eye is pink but it doesn't itch, hurt, doesn't have crust or isn't swollen. Is it still a pink eye?

My eye is pink but it doesn't itch, hurt, doesn't have crust or isn't swollen. Is it still a pink eye?

Conjunctivitis: Sounds like it. If there is any question in your mind that this is other than a self-limiting viral infection or an allergy, go and see an ophthalmologist asap. You should never fool with your vision. Hope this clears quickly. ...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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All night my eye has been leaking tears and is now all red, sensitive to light and hurts. Do I need to see a doctor? This has never happened before I do not think it is pink eye it does not itch and there was no crusty stuff. It just hurts and is sensitiv

All night my eye has been leaking tears and is now all red, sensitive to light and hurts. Do I need to see a doctor? This has never happened before I do not think it is pink eye it does not itch and there was no crusty stuff. It just hurts and is sensitiv

This: This could be uveitis, a viral infection, a foreign body, or something worse. There is just no way of knowing without an in-person examination with an ophthalmologist.

Your eyes are your most precious sense -- treat them as such! ...Read more

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My eyes are burning and itching and feel gritty and sticky and were watering could I be getting conjunctivitis?? What can I do

My eyes are burning and itching and feel gritty and sticky and were watering could I be getting conjunctivitis?? What can I do

Patience: Conjunctivitis is caused by three things - germs, viruses, and allergies. Itching is usually more associated with allergies. Try flushing your eyes with saline eye drops several times a day and take an oral antihistamine such as Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) zyrtec, or clariten. Ask your pharmacist for an over the counter eye drop suggestion but if symptoms are not improved after a few days consider seeing your MD ...Read more

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Tell me about giant papillary conjunctivitis, (symptoms, medicine, and treatment to get rid it). Can it only make eye itching without red/hurt/watery?

Tell me about giant papillary conjunctivitis, (symptoms, medicine, and treatment to get rid it). Can it only make eye itching without red/hurt/watery?

GPC: Gpc is most often associated with overwear of contact lenses, especially if they are poorly fitting. They cause redness and irritation and contact lens intolerance. We use artificial tears and a contact lens holiday (no lenses) for a week or two, then a careful contact lens re-fit is needed. ...Read more

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Itchy sore yellowish/grey lesion lower inside corner of eye. Not pinkeye/allergies/foreign obj/stye. Itching began yesterday, lesion this am. Cause?

Itchy sore yellowish/grey lesion lower inside corner of eye. Not pinkeye/allergies/foreign obj/stye. Itching began yesterday, lesion this am. Cause?

Eye lesion: It is usually bacterial infection. It would need frequent wash with water and antibiotic eye ointment if not cleared within 24 hours ...Read more

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I'm pretty sure my daughter has pink eye. Will it go away if I just keep cleaning it or do I need to get meds? She says it doesn't hurt.

I'm pretty sure my daughter has pink eye. Will it go away if I just keep cleaning it or do I need to get meds? She says it doesn't hurt.

Pink Eye can spread: Pink eye can spread and is contagious, so you have to keep your hands clean, and washed after touching her eyes, and keep her towels separate from other family members. She needs to be kept home away from day care, as this can affect other babies too. Call her pediatrician for treatment options. Drops may needed if secondary bacterial infection is present, and that may mean seeing an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Why my pink eye hasn't gone away after 3 months?

Why my pink eye hasn't gone away after 3 months?

See Eye MD: It's probably not pink eye if it has lasted this long. See an ophthalmologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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This is my fourth week of pink eye. Why isn't it going away?

This is my fourth week of pink eye. Why isn't it going away?

A few thoughts: Persistent symptoms could be due to inappropriate or incomplete treatment, recurrent exposure to infection or allergen, or misdiagnosis to begin with! ...Read more

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What to do if I have pink eye, hasn't gone away after 3 months?

See doctor for: Appropriate treatment. 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 can I do for pink eye that hasn't gone away after 3 months?

What can I do for pink eye that hasn't gone away after 3 months?

This needs to be: Medically assessed. 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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My child's pink eye hasn't gone away. It's been three weeks. Should I be nervous?

My child's pink eye hasn't gone away. It's been three weeks. Should I be nervous?

Maybe: A child with "pink eye" usually has a viral infection, sometimes allergies, sometimes a bacterial infection, and occasionally other problems. Usually, symptoms go away in a few days, or up to a week or so. A pediatrician often will recheck the child if symptoms haven't gone away in a week, and recommend the child see an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) if symptoms are persistent or worse than average. ...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


Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Itch (Definition)

An itch is an irritating sensation that causes one to have the urge ...Read more