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Viral Or Bacterial Conjunctivitis The Difference
Sometimes difficult: Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis can be difficult to distinguish. Viral are more common, are usually bilateral, and typically come along with a cold or other respiratory infection. Bacteria can and do become secondary agents in viral conjunctivitis. Pure bacterial conjunctivitis are usually unilateral and are commonly associated with poor eyelid hygiene and overgrowth of skin organisms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can you reinfect someone with viral or bacterial conjunctivitis ? My two year old daughter had it and now I do. Don't want her to get again.
I have either viral or bacterial conjunctivitis and i just masturbated. Is there any risk of an STD in this case? What should I do?
See below: Both present with redness, discharge, and irritation. Viral are more common and often come with other upper respiratory infections. Bacterial can occur from excess growth of skin bacteria and poor eyelid hygiene. Other common causes are chronic contact lens overwear, chronic allergic conjunctivitis, and swimming in contaminated waters. ...Read more
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
Absolutely!: Allergic conjunctivitis is very common, especially now in spring. Itching, red, burning associated with pollen, animals, dust, mold. Responds to allergy eyedrops, antihistamine pills. Viral conj. (pinkeye) also common, very contagious. Bacterial eyedrops, often required by administrators for return to school for red eyed kids, do nothing for these; only the rare case of bacterial conjunctivitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Clean and treat: If you are sure you have bacterial infection of the conjunctiva, then it seems that you have been to an ophthalmologist (not an optometrist) who has made this diagnosis and given you antibiotic eyedrops for treatment. If crusting and exudate (like pus) are the only reasons for visual drop, then you can keep the eyes clean with warm soaks applied every time the vision drops. ...Read more
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