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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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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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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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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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Can viral conjunctivitis cause a headache?

Can viral conjunctivitis cause a headache?

Possibly: Viral conjunctivitis can sometimes be a part of a larger viral infection. The systemic viral infection can cause headaches. A viral infection confined to the eye can cause photophobia, which can cause a headache. ...Read more

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Should children be sent to school if they have viral conjunctivitis?

Should children be sent to school if they have viral conjunctivitis?

No: Viral conjunctivitis is contagious and treatment should be initiated before the return to school. Most schools will send this children home. ...Read more

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Bacterial or viral conjunctivitis, how can I tell?

Bacterial or viral conjunctivitis, how can I tell?

Bacterial: In general, bacterial conjunctivitis will present with purulent discharge that occurs at the lid margins and in the corner of the eye. The discharge is generally thick and yellow/green/white. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to get rid of viral conjunctivitis?

Is there a good way to get rid of viral conjunctivitis?

Time: Viral conjunctivitis, like a viral respiratory infection runs its course over a 10-14 day period of time. Medications taken durning a viral illness, be it in the eye or other or system are supportive only. They protect from bacterial superinfections and treat the symptoms of the viral infection. ...Read more

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Can viral conjunctivitis be exacerbated by contact lenses?

Can viral conjunctivitis be exacerbated by contact lenses?

Yes: Contact lenses and eye infections are dangerous combination. If your eyes are red and irritated, DO NOT WEAR CONTACTS, and see your eye doctor. ...Read more

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Should I have been given paracetamol for viral conjunctivitis?

Should I have been given paracetamol for viral conjunctivitis?

Paracetamol: If you are in pain, you can take paracetamol but not for viral conjunctivitis alone. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between bacterial and viral conjunctivitis in babies?

How can you distinguish between bacterial and viral conjunctivitis in babies?

Most are viral: most conjunctivitis (pink eye) is viral or allergic. The whites of the eyes are red with clear or mucous discharge. In bacterial conjunctivitis, there is little redness and there usually are not cold symptoms. In addition, there is often a thick, yellow pus discharge from the eye. ...Read more

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Is bacterial conjunctivitis more contagious than viral conjunctivitis?

Is bacterial conjunctivitis more contagious than viral conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: No, viral conjunctivitis is more contagious than bacterial conjunctivitis. Bacterial conjunctivitis tends not to be contagious unless the surface of the eye is damaged. ...Read more

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

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