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Doctor insights on: Viral Conjunctivitis Vs Bacterial Conjunctivitis

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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

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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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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Bacterial conjunctivitis cure?

Bacterial conjunctivitis cure?

A few things: Your own immune system, flushing the eye with eye saline and antibiotics. ...Read more

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How contagious is viral conjunctivitis in comparison to bacterial conjunctivitis?

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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Could bacterial conjunctivitis develop into allergic conjunctivitis?

No: Bacterial conjunctivits cannot develop into allergic conjunctivits. However, both problems can exist simultaneously. It is possible to have the bacterial conjunctivitis resolve and the allergies continue. Also, if no culture was done of the stuff from your eye, it is possible that you never had a bacterial conjunctivits and that it was allergies all the time. ...Read more

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Is bronchitis bacterial or viral?

Is bronchitis bacterial or viral?

Usually viral: Acute bronchitis is usually caused by viruses, typically the same viruses that cause colds and influenza. The most common cause of chronic bronchitis is smoking cigarettes. Air pollution and dust or toxic gases in the environment or workplace also can contribute to the condition. Antibiotics as a whole are overprescribed in bronchitis, though sometimes it is warranted. ...Read more

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Couldviral conjunctivitis (pink eye) become bacterial?

Couldviral conjunctivitis (pink eye) become bacterial?

Word confusion: The lay and medical community both use overlapping terms for inflammatory conditions of the eye linings. If its pink, whether due to viruses, hair spray or bacteria, some will call it pink eye. Any goopy eye from non bacterial caused may become contaminated by bacteria over time most do not as the tears have some anti bacterial properties. ...Read more

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Bacterial keratitis contagious?

Bacterial keratitis contagious?

No: Bacterial keratitis or corneal ulcer is due to micro-trauma usually from contact lens use (over wear). It is not contagious. ...Read more

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Is pataday for viral infection?

Is pataday for viral infection?

No: Pataday is a topical antihistamine type eye drop for allergic conjunctivitis to treat allergy symptoms in the eyes. Viral infections usually require anti-inflammatories and/or anti-viral treatments although most are self limited. Pataday may make your eye feel better but would not be the usual recommended treatment for a viral infection. ...Read more

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Which is more common: viral or bacterial conjunctivitis?

Which is more common: viral or bacterial conjunctivitis?

Viral: is easily the most common and that is why antibiotics are rarely necessary for conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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Is bacterial trachaitis contagious?

Is bacterial trachaitis contagious?

Probably not: But would need more information. This is an uncommon condition. Presdisposing factors, organism, clinical course, etc. Would all be significant. ...Read more

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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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Is viral infection contagious?

Is viral infection contagious?

Depends on the virus: But most spread from person to person by one route or another. ...Read more

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Is viral meningitis infectious?

Is viral meningitis infectious?

Very variable: There is a very large number of viruses that can cause meningitis, most are not infectious. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/viral.html. ...Read more

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Is bacterial colitis contagious?

Is bacterial colitis contagious?

Yes, but: Fortunately almost all enteric organism are exquisitely sensitive to heat and handwashing. So after your bowel movements, wash hands thoroughly. If you handle uncooked or cold foods, make sure it gets heated thoroughly. ...Read more

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Is conjunctivitis contagious?

Can be: Depends on the type. Pink eye (viral) is highly contagious and necessitates good hygiene during treatment. ...Read more

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Is conjunctivitis contagious?

Is conjunctivitis contagious?

Depends: The famous "pink eye". Conjunctivitis can be due to allergies, virus, bacteria, chemical , foreign objects , lashes, dust , splinters, trauma to the eye etc. Of course, it is contagious if cause is virus or bacteria. Need immediate treatment and good handwashing. ...Read more

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Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more