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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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Are eye drops for pink eye that are prescribed to a baby be used by an adult as well?

Are eye drops for pink eye that are prescribed to a baby be used by an adult as well?

No.: You should not used any prescription medication given to someone else. Also, typically, adult pink eye is due to a virus, and not treated with antibiotic drops. Read more

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It is rare pink eye in a healthy adult? I never caught it after my 8 years, now I'm 28, but I'm worried about it now.

It is rare pink eye in a healthy adult? I never caught it after my 8 years, now I'm 28, but I'm worried about it now.

Not unusual: "Pink eye" is a viral inflammation of the conjunctival lining of the eye similar to ordinary cold of the throat. It is spread by direct contact for instance someone with the condition wipes their, then opens a door with the same hand. Then an innocent person comes by and opens that door, gets the virus on their hand and wipes their eye, spreading the virus to themselves. Read more

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What should I do for an 8 year old son who has reoccurring allergic pink eye? He was treated it went away and now it is back.

Avoid allergen: Avoid the allergen or treat it preventatively with an antihistamine by mouth or antihistamine eye drops. It is important to explain to his teacher, that is is non contagious or he will unnecessarily be missing school. 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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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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What causes pink eye?

What causes pink eye?

Viral infection: Sometimes bacterial infection can compound the original 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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Remedies for pink eye?

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?

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

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How to remove pink eye?

How to remove pink eye?

Depends: Most "pinkeye" or conjunctivitis is actually viral, so antibiotic eye drops are usually not effective. Viral conjunctivitis tends to run it's course in 7-10 days. It can be very contagious, spreading from one eye to the other or to other people. Hand washing is essential. To be certain it is not a more serious bacterial or fungal infection, you should see an ophthalmologist. Read more

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What's good for pink eye?

What's good for pink eye?

Good hygiene: Rest, time, artificial tears, compresses, topical antibiotics typically if severe discharge, sometimes topical steroids if develop subepithelial infiltrates or pseudomembranes; see eye physician. Read more

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How do you get pink eye?

Most commonly viral: "pinkeye" is a general term for inflammation of the white of the eye, or conjunctivitis. It is often viral, but can be bacterial or even allergic. Some forms of viral pinkeye can be quite debilitating, even leading to visual loss. Recent antiviral medications have proved quite effective against the more severe forms of conjunctivitis, so be sure to see your eye doctor at the first signs. Read more

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What can cause pink eye?

What can cause pink eye?

Viral conjunctivitis: He overwhelming majority of "pink eye" cases are due to viral conjunctival infection. This is usually self limited, dramatic looking, and moderately contagious. There are other causes of eye redness. See your ophthalmologist to sort this out. Read more

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How can pink eye start?

How can pink eye start?

Contagious: You got this from another person. Red eyes with purulent discharge is the usual presentation. If eye just red probably not pink eye or conjunctivitis. Read more

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How can I cure pink eye?

How can I cure pink eye?

None really: Most "pinkeye" or conjunctivitis is actually viral, so eye drops, including antibiotics, are usually not effective. Viral conjunctivitis tends to run it's course in 7-10 days. It can be very contagious, spreading from one eye to the other or to other people. Hand washing is essential. To be certain it is not a more serious bacterial or fungal infection, you should see an ophthalmologist. 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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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