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Dr. Martin Tamler Dr. Tamler
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
29 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Dr. Tim Conrad
613 doctors shared insights

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


Dr. Stephen Hamilton Dr. Hamilton
Ophthalmology
28 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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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

Dr. Beth Friedland Dr. Friedland
Ophthalmology
38 years in practice
Florida International University College of Medicine
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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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Dr. Stephen Hamilton Dr. Hamilton
Ophthalmology
28 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Addagada Rao Dr. Rao
Surgery
52 years in practice
Andhra University, Guntur Medical College
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Dr. Andrew Caster Dr. Caster
Ophthalmology
37 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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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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Dr. James Carpenter Dr. Carpenter
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
41 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Andrew Shatz Dr. Shatz
Ophthalmology
22 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Amin Ashrafzadeh Dr. Ashrafzadeh
Ophthalmology
20 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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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. Jeffrey Gold Dr. Gold
Ophthalmology
49 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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What causes pink eye and how can I cure it ?

What causes pink eye and how can I cure it ?

See an Eye MD: There are numerous possible causes of conjunctivitis. Cannot be diagnosed over the computer. You need to see an eye md asap. ...Read more

Dr. Victor Bello Dr. Bello
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Federal University of Bahia Faculty of Medicine
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What are the causes of pink eye and how common is it?

What are the causes of pink eye and how common is it?

Pink Eye: Pink eye is a problem. It is only a term that says the eyes are reddish pink. Usually due to a mild viral infection, the eyes may become "reddish pink" in other severe conditions, like uveitis, acute glaucoma. Therefore, a diagnosis by an ophthalmologist is essential. I have seen patients who have been diagnosed with "pink eye" in emergency rooms. Iritis was the correct diagnosis. In short yes!. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. George Yang Dr. Yang
Ophthalmology
23 years in practice
Stanford University School of Medicine
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What is the technical definition of pink eye and how do you get rid of it?

What is the technical definition of pink eye and how do you get rid of it?

A virus infection: The term "pink eye" usually refers viral conjunctivitis. It is highly contagious. Because it is not due to a bacterial, antibiotic drops are not effective. The infection will go away by itself, just as in the common cold. Topical artificial tears can help with symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond Dr. Diamond
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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How does someone get pink eye?

Contagious disease: "pink eye" is an infection as the term is commonly used.It is usually spread by contact-thus good handwashing is needed.Also thru respiratory droplets in the air.It is a contagious disease with a number of causes. ...Read more

Dr. Matthew Goren Dr. Goren
Ophthalmology
28 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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How could someone get pink eye if u get farted on?

No : Multiple studies investigating the development of pink eye after being farted on have failed to demonstrate any relationship. I hear the national eye institute is now performing a multi-center study on fart-related pink eye but the results aren't known yet. ...Read more

Dr. Ziad Akl Dr. Akl
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
27 years in practice
St Joseph's University Faculty of Medicine
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Should someone who works with kids all day go to work if they have pink eye?

Best not to: This could be a viral infection and they can transmit it to kids easily. ...Read more

Dr. Ilan Cohen Dr. Cohen
Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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A child has been around someone that has pink eye, so how long before that child shows eye symptoms?

A child has been around someone that has pink eye, so how long before that child shows eye symptoms?

Depends: Assuming the pink eye is caused by a viral infection (most likely), the time from contracting the virus to showing symptoms can be anywhere from 4-10 days. If it was a bacterial infection, symptoms usually being sooner. ...Read more

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Dr. Tanya Russo Dr. Russo
Pediatrics
21 years in practice
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Susan Madonna Dr. Madonna
Family Medicine
17 years in practice
New York Institute of Technology New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
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If I was exposed to someone with pink eye 2 days ago and am now feeling symptomatic, can it be possible that I can be getting it that quickly?

If I was exposed to someone with pink eye 2 days ago and am now feeling symptomatic, can it be possible that I can be getting it that quickly?

Pink eye: Yes, you may get it that fast. Most pink eye is viral, like a cold virus, and is spread through droplets such as sneezing or if someone rubs their eye then touches you. Incubation time is similar to cold viruses. Some pink eye is caused by bacteria, which may benefit from ocular antibiotics. See your doctor if your eye or eyes are red, sooner if there is pain, immediately if change in vision. ...Read more

Dr. Jon Fishburn
750 doctors shared insights

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