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My eyes both are looking "bloodshot" and hurting and getting some gunk in them do you think it's pink eye and do I need to go to the doctor?

My eyes both are looking "bloodshot" and hurting and getting some gunk in them do you think it's pink eye and do I need to go to the doctor?

Yes: Going to the doctor, the answer is yes. In all likelihood, you have a bacterial conjunctivitis but that's from afar. Your doctor can see you and make the best diagnosis and treatment. ...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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Is there an OTC medicine for pink eye or should I go see my doctor?

Is there an OTC medicine for pink eye or should I go see my doctor?

Best to see your doc: Pink eye is highly contagious, so see you doc and get treated asap. Also if it turns out to be something more serious, a trip to the doctor could save your eyesight. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a pink eye, which doctor should I go to?

Your choice : Most pcp's or urgent care centers can assess and treat pinkeye.Occasionally i will find a troublesome case and send it on to see an ophthalmologist. In some states optometrists will also treat this disorder. ...Read more

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How can I make my pink eye situation better before I go to the doctors?

How can I make my pink eye situation better before I go to the doctors?

You can't: In short, if you have " pink eye" you are probably referring to a viral infection which is typically self-limiting. ...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 do doctors determine if it's pink eye or allergies?

Timecourse: "pink eye, " or viral conjunctivitis, typically runs it's course in 7-10 days. Allergic conjunctivitis is more chronic. Both result in red, itchy eyes. To confirm the diagnosis, and to be sure it isn't something more serious, you should see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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How can you cure a pink eye with out having to see a doctor?

Sure: Almost all cases of "pink eye" are viral or irritative in nature and will resolve by themselves. Artificial tears can keep the "gunk" to a minimum ...Read more

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What to do if i think I have pink eye, do I have to see a doctor ?

Yes: Not all pink eyes are contagious conjunctivitis so-called pink eye. Could be allergy, bacterial infection, scleritis, dry eye. ...Read more

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

Conjunctivitis is 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 the tiny blood vessels in the conjunctiva to dilate, thus leading to a redness of the eye. Depending on the cause of the conjunctitis there can also be itching, irritation, and discharge ...Read more