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Dr. Matheson Harris
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Can you tell me the difference between sty and pink eye?

Dr. Matheson Harris
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Can you tell me the difference between sty and pink eye?

Eye vs eyelid: Pink eye is a viral or bacterial infection of the surface of the eye and mucus membranes lining the eyelids (conjunctiva). A stye is an infected eyelash follicle and presents as a red, painful bump on the eyelid. ...Read more

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Pink Eye (Definition)

Pink eye is also known as Conjunctivitis. "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 ...Read more


Dr. Olivia Liao
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How can you tell difference between a sty and pink eye?

Dr. Olivia Liao
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How can you tell difference between a sty and pink eye?

Here's how: In conjunctivitis, or pink eye, the whites of the eye get more red or injected. With styes, or chalazion, the eyelid is also affected. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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How are sty and pink eye distinguished from each other?

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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How are sty and pink eye distinguished from each other?

Considerable: A stye is like a pimple of the glands in the lids - causing pain, local swelling discharge. It is in the skin of the lid and not the eye. Pink eye is usually an infection that is viral of the lining of the eye, causing redess, discharge and occasionally lowering of vision. It is on the surface of the eye and not the lid. ...Read more

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Can sty or pink eye cause you to stay home?

Dr. George Yang
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Can sty or pink eye cause you to stay home?

No and Yes: Styes are not contagious, but pink eye from viral conjunctivitis can be highly contagious. ...Read more

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What could I do to find out if its pink eye or a sty in the eye?

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Different locations: Pink eye refers to an infection in the conjunctiva, the clear membrane over the white of your eye. A sty is an infection in one of the glands in the eyelid. ...Read more

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Dr. Harold Peltan
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I woke up with my right eyelid swollen and a reddish purple . No sty , no pink eye , and i haven't been hit n it hurts . Please help !

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I woke up with my right eyelid swollen and a reddish purple . No sty , no pink eye , and i haven't been hit n it hurts . Please help !

See MD: You need to get to a doctor to properly evaluate the cause. There may be infection or trauma that you were unaware of as may occur during sleep. This is not an appropriate condition to address online. ...Read more

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Dr. Colin Kerr
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The area under my left eye is red, swollen and tender to touch. I do not believe it is a sty or pink eye - what could this be?

Dr. Colin Kerr
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The area under my left eye is red, swollen and tender to touch. I do not believe it is a sty or pink eye - what could this be?

Inflamed skin: If skin is red, swollen and tender to touch it is inflamed. The most concerning cause of inflammation is infection, so keep an eye out. Chronic irritation from rubbing or watering eyes can do it. Bug bites can do it. Sometimes allergies can do it, although these usually itch more than hurt until they get infected. You might also be in the early stage of a stye. Keep an eye out for a bump on eyelid. ...Read more

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I have had a stye in my eye for 3 weeks and have now developed pink eye in the same eye. What should I do?

Dr. Creighton Wright
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I have had a stye in my eye for 3 weeks and have now developed pink eye in the same eye. What should I do?

OPTHALMOLOGIST: Some source of infection - frequently staph and needs compresses, and likely antibiotics. If any eye disease previously, may need to go to er. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get an eye stye when you have pink eye?

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Is it normal to get an eye stye when you have pink eye?

Styes occur : Any time, conjunctivitis could potentially cause a stye to form. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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How to know if you have pink eye or stye?

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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How to know if you have pink eye or stye?

Location: Pink eye, with several causes, leads to redness of the eye itself (the conjunctival lining over the white of the eye). Usually some discomfort, discharge and light sensitivity. Styes are in the lids, cause focal swelling, sometimes much pain and tenderness, and rarely affect vision. ...Read more

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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

Conjunctivitis is the swelling or infection of the membrane lining the eyelids and eyeballs. It is usually caused by a virus, but can also be caused by bacteria, allergies, and exposure to certain chemicals. Common symptoms include itchy and red eyes, crusts that form overnight on the ...Read more


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