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Doctor insights on: Viral Conjunctivitis And Sore Throat

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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


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I was sick two weeks ago with a cold, had viral pink eye. Now still have sore throat and pink eye comes and goes. What is this and how do I get better?

I was sick two weeks ago with a cold, had viral pink eye. Now still have sore throat and pink eye comes and goes. What is this and how do I get better?

See your doctor: An ongoing sore throat, along with conjunctivitis, could be a sign that you have a sinus infection, mono, or something else that may require treatment. I recommend that you make an appointment with your doctor today. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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My son had conjunctivitis around 6weeks ago with viral infection, runny nose, sore throat. He had lymph node at side of his neck and still has, is this ok?

My son had conjunctivitis around 6weeks ago with viral infection, runny nose, sore throat. He had lymph node at side of his neck and still has, is this ok?

Common but: A persistent lymph node is worth checking. Sometimes docs prescribe an antibiotic trial. Certainly, your doc can also examine for other problems which could be causing it to persist. Get him seen this week. Most of the time the treatment or observation leads to improvement. If not, further testing is done. ...Read more

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Saw doc yesterday about sore throat and canker, said virus. Last night one eye irritation, conjunctiva red, watering all night-eyelashes little stuck together. Conjunctivitis? How to treat or see reg doc?

Saw doc yesterday about sore throat and canker, said virus. Last night one eye irritation, conjunctiva red, watering all night-eyelashes little stuck together. Conjunctivitis? How to treat or see reg doc?

Conjunctivitis: Your symptoms definitely seem compatible with a viral syndrome also involving the eye (conjunctivitis). Try not to spread the virus to your other eye or others. Clean the secretions with a clean washcloth with warm water, and you may use artificial tears ; ocular decongestant like naphcon a™ for comfort. Also tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil and plenty of fluids and rest. Takes about 7 to 10 days to clear. ...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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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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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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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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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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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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