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What is giant papillary conjuctivitis?

See below: Also called contact lens papillary conjunctivis now, it is irritation caused by most commonly contact lens use. It is itching and instability as well as inability to wear contact lenses as long as before. Treated with proper contact lens hygiene and potentially steroids, if needed. ...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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I have had conjuctivitis as well as a reemergence of labrynithis which I was initially diagnosed with two years ago 61 year old male what's going on?

I have had conjuctivitis as well as a reemergence of labrynithis which I was initially diagnosed with two years ago 61 year old male what's going on?

Worth seeing your Dr: If you're having labrynthitis again it's time to visit your PCP or ENT doctor to have this evaluated further. Conjunctivitis may or may not be related to it, but warrants further inspection too to determine what type of conjunctivitis you have, and get that treated quickly. Start with your PCP, and let him/her refer you to the right specialist. ...Read more

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What is conjunctivitis?

What is conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva, a thin membrane that coats and protects the surface of the eye. Common causes of conjunctivitis in adults are certain viruses and allergies. ...Read more

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What causes conjunctivitis?

What causes conjunctivitis?

Several issues: Conjunctivitis=inflammation of the conjunctiva irritant : dust, hair spray, mascara, chemicals germ: bacterial, chlamydia, viral allergy: air born pollen conjunctivitis is a unifying label for many things that cause inflammation but most use the term for the germ causes. Exam by your doc is a simple way to define the cause more accurately. ...Read more

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Is conjunctivitis catching?

Is conjunctivitis catching?

Yes: Since a preponderance of conjunctivitis is viral, this form is very contagious and is spread by contact with the ocular secretions. Expect about 7-10 days of complete recovery. Best to avoid spreading by using meticulous hygiene around your eyes and avoid touching your other eye or passing on to others. You may try artificial tears, ocular decongestants (naphcon a), stay hydrated ; get plenty rest. ...Read more

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Can you catch conjunctivitis?

Can you catch conjunctivitis?

Yes you can: A majority of infectious conjunctivitis is caused by viruses- the better known one is adenovirus (aka pink eye). This is highly contagious and can be spread by touch. By not washing their hands and contacting their eyes, a person who is exposed to an infected patient can get it. ...Read more

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How is conjunctivitis treated?

How is conjunctivitis treated?

Depends on the cause: Conjunctivitis is an eye irritation that has many causes. Irritants (sand, etc): eyewash or removal allergens (pollens, etc): avoidance or moving away from the allergen viral infections (except the herpes virus): time, good hygiene bacterial infections (and herpes infections): antimicrobial eye drops very important to seek the help of you doctor as untreated herpes infection can lead to blindness! ...Read more

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What is apollo conjunctivitis?

What is apollo conjunctivitis?

Named for a Rocket!: Apollo: Viral Conjunctivitis There was an epidemic that presented with discomfort, irritation, watering and redness of the eyes in West Africa and other parts of the globe, which coincided with the landing of the APOLLO 11 on the moon in 1969. This epidemic was caused by an adenovirus and epidemics have been recurrent since then. This is a self-limiting disease and very contagious. ...Read more

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I have conjunctivitis should I fly?

I have conjunctivitis should I fly?

Yes: Just be careful not to touch your eyes and then touch any other places where others may also have contact. ...Read more

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What should I do for conjunctivitis?

What should I do for conjunctivitis?

Depends: There are a lot of different types of conjunctivitis. Viral conjunctivitis needs time. Allergic conjunctivitis can be treated with allergy drops. Bacterial conjunctivitis needs antibiotic drops. There are other reasons why your eye can be red that are more serious. Best to be checked by an eye md. ...Read more

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Can I get conjunctivitis from my cat?

Can I get conjunctivitis from my cat?

Zoonotic Infection: Numerous bacterial and chlamydial species can infect alternative hosts. Most important for women of child-bearing age is toxoplasma gondii, a common protozoal infection of cats that can cause congential defects in a fetus (see torch syndrome). Pregnant women should never clean the cat box! Congenital infections can cause primary vision loss or recur later in life leading to chorioretinal scarring. ...Read more

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What are the tests for conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: For a bacterial conjunctivitis sometimes a culture and slide smear are done to clarify the offending organism. Sometimes a slide smear is used to differentiate between a viral and allergic conjunctivitis. Occasionally a conjunctival biopsy may be required. ...Read more

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How can I cure conjunctivitis quickly?

Conjunctivitis: Is a self limited infection, antibiotic eye drops are given to shorten the course. Good hygeine, washing hands can prevent its spread. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is conjunctivitis?

What sort of disease is conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: Inflammation of the coonjunctival tissues that covers the whites of the eyes and under the lids, due to allergy, infection or toxic effect of medicines/ chemicals. Conjunctiva become swollen and red. Patients experience burning, blurred vision, tearing, redness, puffy eyelids, discharge, itching, pain depending on the cause. ...Read more

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Who is most at risk for conjunctivitis?

Who is most at risk for conjunctivitis?

Children: Viral conjunctivitis is spread by contact, not through the air like a common cold. Hands touching the infected eye, for instance, may open a door, leaving the virus on the knob for the next guy to get it on his hands. Children spread this condition readily because they are frequently in physical contact in playing. They lack the social barriers that adults have. ...Read more

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How can I quickly clear conjunctivitis?

Eye drops: Quickest way is with antibiotics eye drops. You need a visit for that. Other things that can help: colloidal silver rinse., homeopathic pulsatilla, air tea (www. Franzcenter. Com). Quickest: antibiotic eye drops. ...Read more

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How can I treat conjunctivitis quickly?

Conjunctivitis: See eye doc, ususally requires medication for wuickest resolution ...Read more