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What is the difference between viral or bacterial conjunctivitis?

What is the difference between viral or bacterial conjunctivitis?

Source of infection: One is caused by any of a number or viruses, the other is caused by any of a number of bacteria. Bacterial conjunctivitis responds to antibiotics, viral does not. Bacterial conjunctivitis results in copious discharge, viral results in scant discharge. ...Read more

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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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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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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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How can i know if i have a viral or bacterial conjunctivitis?

How can i know if i have a viral or bacterial conjunctivitis?

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 more

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How does a doctor determine if your diagnosis is viral or bacterial conjunctivitis?

How does a doctor determine if your diagnosis is viral or bacterial conjunctivitis?

Clinically: A history and clinical examination is essentially all that is needed to diagnose a bacterial or viral conjunctivitis. infrequently, conjunctival cultures are taken to confirm the pathogen responsible for the infection, whether bacterial, fungal or viral. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Unlikely: Conjunctivitis while contagious is not transmitted sexually, it is transmitted by being exposed to the secretions from the eye or touching items the infected person has touched without washing their hands. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of viral and bacterial conjunctivitis?

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

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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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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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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes bacterial conjunctivitis?

Many things: Injury, hygiene, surface bacteria on the skin, extremely contagious bacteria and sexually transmitted diseases. ...Read more

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I have bacterial conjunctivitis and my vision is blurry in the morning?

I have bacterial conjunctivitis and my vision is blurry in the morning?

Typical: The mucous/pus that's built up on the surface of your eye will cause this. Once you wake up and wash it out or blink it out a few times it should improve. Continue your treatment from your doctor and if the blurriness doesn't go away, get rechecked. ...Read more

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Is there such thing as allergic conjunctivitis and not bacterial conjunctivitis?

Is there such thing as allergic conjunctivitis and not bacterial conjunctivitis?

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 more

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I have bacterial conjunctivitis and my vision is blurry from crust. What should I do?

I have bacterial conjunctivitis and my vision is blurry from crust. What should I do?

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

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