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Doctor insights on: Viral Conjunctivitis And Keratitis

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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

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Corneal Inflammation (Definition)

Inflammation of the cornea could be the result of systemic or local inflammation or infection. UV light exposure along with working in a dusty environment or with toxic chemicals can also have an effect on or aggravate cornea inflammation. Try some artificial tears (Systane Balance or HypoTears) 3 times a day for a week and if you're no better see an ...Read more


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Bacterial vs viral conjunctivitis appearance?

Bacterial vs viral conjunctivitis appearance?

Pus and edema: Bacterial conjunctivitis is not common in adults but occurs in children more often. I usually will have much more swelling, pus in the cul de sac, and much crusting and debris. Viral conjunctivitis is often bilateral, makes the eyes red all over, and has a clear to yellowish secretion but not pus (which is cloudy white). Your ophthalmologist can make this distinction and given you the best rx. ...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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When is it necessary to get medical treatment for viral conjunctivitis?

When is it necessary to get medical treatment for viral conjunctivitis?

See Below: If the condition fails to resolve over the next few days or worsens at any point. Presence of membranes around the eye or decreased vision should also prompt seeing your doctor. ...Read more

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Should you go to work if you have viral conjunctivitis?

Should you go to work if you have viral conjunctivitis?

Viral conjunctivitis: Pinkeye (conjunctivitis) is redness & swelling of the conjunctiva. People may be concerned if they see you at work because it can be contagious. ...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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How can one avoid getting viral conjunctivitis?

How can one avoid getting viral conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: Being exposed to someone with conjunctivitis does not necessarily imply that you will catch the infection. Having said that, after being exposed, do not touch that person or allow that person to touch you. Stay some distance from him/her just in case s/he sneezes or coughs on you. If that happens, take a shower and if not, at least wash your hands and face. ...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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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 it likely to have viral conjunctivitis for over a month where it improves and worsens more than once? Or could this be something else entirely?

Allergy? Other?: Most cases of viral conjunctivitis don't last this long. Allergy seems more likely; or, as you say, "something else entirely". Contact your doctor. If s/he seems to have any doubt about next steps, ask for referral to an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What is the difference between viral conjunctivitis and bacterial conjunctivitis?

What is the difference between viral conjunctivitis and bacterial conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: Viral conjunctivitis often involves both eyes and does not improve with oral or topical antibiotics. Bacterial forms usually starts in one eye, is associated with thick colored eye discharge and is treated with antibacterial eye drops or ointments ...Read more

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Please advise what is the difference between viral conjunctivitis and bacterial conjunctivitis?

Please advise what is the difference between viral conjunctivitis and bacterial conjunctivitis?

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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A Ophthalmologists diagnosed viral conjunctivitis steroids were given.5 wks later my vision is still blurry but improving very slowly, is this normal?

A Ophthalmologists diagnosed viral conjunctivitis steroids were given.5 wks later my vision is still blurry but improving very slowly, is this normal?

Atypical but possibl: Vital keratoconjunctivitis can take many weeks to resolve, depending on the type of virus. It's important to be followed carefully & tapered gradually with the topical steroid drops. Blurry vision still may take awhile to recover, & infrequently sub-epithelial corneal scars can remain and, if centrally located, can affect visual acuity. An update refraction needed to assess your best vision ...Read more

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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

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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

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How contagious is viral conjunctivitis in comparison to bacterial conjunctivitis?

Infections of the: Conjunctiva, whether by virus or bacteria, are usually transmitted by direct contact. The infectious agent is not aerosolized thus it is is transported by either fluid or mucous. ...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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If baby transferred viral conjunctivitis to the mother can the mother transfer it back to the baby? Or will the baby now have the antibodies for that

If baby transferred viral conjunctivitis to the mother can the mother transfer it back to the baby? Or will the baby now have the antibodies for that

Depends: It depends on the actual type of infection. Unfortunately you can in fact pass viral infections back and forth. It is very important to wash hands well. ...Read more

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Can viral conjunctivitis cause swollen lymph nodes?

Can viral conjunctivitis cause swollen lymph nodes?

Maybe: Parinaud's oculoglandular syndrome, or conjunctivitis with swollen lymph node between the back of the cheek and ear ("pre-auricular) and under the jawbone ("submandibular") has many causes, with Cat-scratch disease being the most common. Many others exists, but viral is not considered very common. Please get an evaluation by a Cornea and External disease specialist. ...Read more

Dr. Nazhat Sharma
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Keratitis (Definition)

The cornea is the clear tissue in front of the iris. Iris gives your eyes color. Keratitis is inflammation if cornea. Keratitis is caused by trauma (contact lens wear, dry eyes), degeneration, and infection. Contact lens wear is the most important risk factor for infectious keratitis. Herpes is a common cause of keratitis. Keratitis can be sight threatening. Keratitis ...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