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Dr. Tim Conrad
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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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How do you catch pink eye at 80?

How do you catch pink eye at 80?

See your Doctor: You need evaluation to see if it is viral or bacterial infection or allergic pink eye conjunctivitis.The treatment depends on the cause bacterial conjunctivitis can be treated with prescription antibiotic drops, viral is treated differently.Allergic conjunctivitis is treated with antihistamine eye drops with/without oral antihistamines see your doctor or opthalmologist, you can get any of these@80. ...Read more

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Can you catch pink eye from your pet?

Can you catch pink eye from your pet?

Yes: It is highly unlikely, however if your pet has an eye infection, then you need to practice good hygeine and wash your hands after contact with your pet. ...Read more

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Can you catch pink eye from fecal matter?

Can you catch pink eye from fecal matter?

Bacterial infection: You could certainly get a bacterial conjunctivitis from such an exposure. Classic pink eye is a virus. I runs a course and only symptomatic treatment is required. A bacterial infection will usually have more severe and purulent discharge and can require an antibiotic for treatment. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of lingering pink eye? My son comes down with pink eye at least once a month (thanks, kindergarten!). It usually clears up in a couple of days, but when i catch it from him, i usually have it for a week or more. What's the deal? I'm heal

How can I get rid of lingering pink eye? My son comes down with pink eye at least once a month (thanks, kindergarten!). It usually clears up in a couple of days, but when i catch it from him, i usually have it for a week or more. What's the deal? I'm heal

Kids : Kids bring home lots of viruses, and you seem to be rather susceptible. You will catch things less if you wash your hands before touching your eyes. If you get pink eye that you did not catch from your son, then it may be something completely different, and you should see an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Could you catch pink eye from another person who only had an ear infection?

Could you   catch pink eye from another person who only had an ear infection?

Not likely: Most pink eye is caused by viruses that cause conjunctivitis with or without other symptoms such as runny nose. Ear infections often follow coughs and colds. Conjunctivitis can also be allergic, irritant or bacterial. ...Read more

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Is it possible to catch pink eye from another person who only had an ear infection?

Rare but possible: The cold virus can be transferred to the eye from direct contact (touching an infected person or an object with the virus on it) or contact with airborne virus (from a sneeze or breath). Although it is unlikely for a viral ear infection to pass to someone's eye, the virus can last on surfaces for several hours. If they touch their ear, then you touch them, and then your eye, it is possible... ...Read more

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What is pink eye and how can I treat it?

Conjunctivitis : Pink eye is conjunctivitis. Typically it is viral, but could certainly be bacterial. Use cool compresses and cold refrigerated artificial tears. Wash hands very frequently. It should go away in a few days. ...Read more

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

Conjunctivitis is 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 the tiny blood vessels in the conjunctiva to dilate, thus leading to a redness of the eye. Depending on the cause of the conjunctitis there can also be itching, irritation, and discharge ...Read more