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Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) (Definition)

"Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. "Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. ...Read more


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How do I know exactly what is pink eye and how does someone catch it?

How do I know exactly what is pink eye and how does someone catch it?

Pink eye: Classically is a viral infection of the outer coating of the eyeball, the conjunctiva. It is extremely contagious and is caught by exposure to infectios secretions, much like catching a cold. ...Read more

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What is pink eye, and how contagious is it really?

What is pink eye, and how contagious is it really?

Viral infection: By far the most common pink eye is a viral infection of the lining of the eye (the conjunctiva) over the sclera (the white of the eye). It is contagious, irritating, may affect the vision a little and is very socially unacceptable. There are other causes of red eye, some serious. So you should see your ophthalmologist to get a diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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How do I know exactly what is a staph infection and how does someone get it?

How do I know exactly what is a staph infection and how does someone get it?

Bacterial infection: A staph infection is a bacterial infection caused by one of several species of staphylococcus bacteria. The bacteria are everywhere and don't always cause an infection. However, when a person is infection, he/she requires antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a patient refuses to make eye contact?

What does it mean when a patient refuses to make eye contact?

Could be many things: Making eye contact opens a person up and that makes some people uncomfortable. There are endless possibilities why so guessing is not a good idea. The best way to find out is to ask but ask in a way that is not accusatory. Since the word "refuses" is used i wonder if you are frustrated that the patient is not listening to you. Ask the patient if they know they are not making eye contact with you. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is bell's palsy? How long does it last and how is it treated?

Can you tell me what is bell's palsy? How long does it last and how is it treated?

Bell's palsy: Bell's palsy is an idiopathic unilateral weakness of the facial musculature. It typically resolves over weeks or months. It is often treated with oral steroidal and antiviral meds. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your eye is yellow?

What does it mean when your eye is yellow?

Several possible: Causes, ranging from normal variant to pinguecula to jaundice. Consider an exam if this is a sudden new finding. ...Read more

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What exactly does diabetes actually do, how is it caused, and what leads to it?

What exactly does diabetes actually do, how is it caused, and what leads to it?

Diabetes = HighSugar: When healthy, we control blood glucose with great precision. The mechanisms are complex, only partially understood & involve multiple hormones: insulin, amylin, glucagon, adrenalin, noradrenalin, growth hormone, resistin, etc. If we no longer do a good job & allow glucose to go high enough, this failure, after bad enough, is called diabetes mellitus, type 1 or type 2. Dietary sugar aggravates. ...Read more

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How exactly does a tumor work? How does it form and what does it do that is bad for the body?

How exactly does a tumor work? How does it form and what does it do that is bad for the body?

Altered normal cell: normal cells can be affected by viruses or carcinogens to develop mutations in certain genes termed "oncogenes" Certain of these genes like p53 allow cells that have a DNA mutation to slow their rate of division to allow corrections. With mutated genes the corrections not made and mutation is passed to divided cells. There are enzymes like telomerase to allow the mutated cell to have immortality. ...Read more

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How will i know when my pink eye is gone?

How will i know when my pink eye is gone?

Red eye: Pink eye may be caused by a bacterium which responses to anti bacterial eye drops, whereas viral conjunctivitis doe not respond to eye drops unless it is specifically meant for a viral infection. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my eye is giving me a headache?

What does it mean if my eye is giving me a headache?

Evaluation: Most of the time headaches are not due to eye problems. That being said, I would recommend an eye exam if you haven't had one in the last 2 years. The pain may be in the area of the eye but not related to vision. I would start with evaluation by your Family Doctor. ...Read more

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How do I know exactly what is meningitis and what effects does it have on us?

How do I know exactly what is meningitis and what effects does it have on us?

Infection: Meningitis is an infection of the meninges, which is the covering of the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis can be life threatening. ...Read more

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What is phlebitis and how does it affect someone?

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What is phlebitis and how does it affect someone?

An inflamed vein: Phlebitis is an inflamed vein. The problem is that the inflammation is often caused by a thrombus (clot) and the only way to know that a clot is present or not is to have an ultrasound. Clots are common in phlebitis and 24% of the time that a person has phlebitis associated with a clot, they also have a deep venous thrombosis. About 10% of these are associated with a pulmonary embolism. ...Read more

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What exactly does implantation bleeding look like? How does it start? How long does it last? Is it different with twin pregnancy?

What exactly does implantation bleeding look like? How does it start? How long does it last? Is it different with twin pregnancy?

Brown.: Implantation bleeding occurs when the embryo attaches to the lining of the uterus (womb). It often happens 2-6 days after ovulation and can last from 1-4 days. It ia usually dark brown in color and no heavier than a pantiliner. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean to have a dot on your eye?

What exactly does it mean to have a dot on your eye?

Eval: I am sorry, but the description is to vague to venture even a guess. Why not have it evaluated by your physician or your opthamologist. ...Read more

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What is chlamydia? How does a person get it?

What is chlamydia? How does a person get it?

Chlamydia : Chlamydia is an intracellular bacteria that cause diseases in multiple species. In humans it is most notably the number one cause of sexually transmitted diseases. Men are symptomatic in about 75% of cases whereas women are only symptomatic in about 30% of cases. It usually infects the urethra however it can i ascend to the bladder and cause a urinary tract infection. Other species can cause pneumonia and is spread by birds. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what it mean when a person has light blue sclera?

Can you tell me what it mean when a person has light blue sclera?

Underlying pigment: Normal sclera is opaque and quite white. If it thins out for some reason, the underlying pigmented uvea adds a bluish hue to the sclera at that point. Things that thin the sclera are certain inherited conditions like ehlers-danlos or trauma, elevation of the eye pressure in the young and some chronic inflammatory eye diseases. ...Read more

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What is ingrown hair? What does it look like when someone's armpits? How to prevent it and remedy when it has already shown?

What is ingrown hair? What does it look like when someone's armpits? How to prevent it and remedy when it has already shown?

Hair has grown in: It is a hair that has grown in instead of out. It normally looks like a pimple (or collection of pimples) although can be bigger. It is more likely if you have thick or curly hair, and it often occurs after shaving. If in an area where you shave, use shaving cream, shave in the same direction. Most of the time it resolves on its own, but if it becomes infected you will need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Ok so what I wanna know is how the doctor know that my nanas encephalitis isnt contagious when they don't know the type or what caused it?

Ok so what I wanna know is how the doctor know that my nanas encephalitis isnt contagious when they don't know the type or what caused it?

Good Question: Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain can be viral, autoimmune, bacterial. I am guessing that they have done studies on nana and have not found a cause yet. That will rule out the contagious causes like viruses and bacteria. They will be searching for other causes now like autoimmune or vitamin deficiencies for example. I wish you well. ...Read more

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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

A highly contangious condition in which the eyeball and ...Read more