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How can you tell difference between a sty and pink eye?

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.

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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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Can you tell me the difference between sty and pink eye?

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.

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How are sty and pink eye distinguished from each other?

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.

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

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.

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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?

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.

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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!

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.

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Can pink eye cause a stye?

Can pink eye cause a stye?

Possible: But it can also lead to periorbital cellulitis. If you are concerned, get it checked out.

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How to know if you have pink eye or stye?

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.

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

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.

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Can a stye turn into pink eye? When should I get my eye checked out to see how bad the stye is?

Can a stye turn into pink eye? When should I get my eye checked out to see how bad the stye is?

Better be checked: Now, if you're concerned about your eye, a stye is still not a common occurrence, see your doctor/eye doctor

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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?

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.

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I have pink eye and a stye in my eye at the same time they occurred at the same time.... can this be dangerous?

I have pink eye and a stye in my eye at the same time they occurred at the same time.... can this be dangerous?

Not additive: These by themselves are uncomfortable but rarely ever harmful. If both occur at the same time, that compounds the discomfort but does not make either condition worse. There is no especial danger to these occurring together.

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Have a stye or pink eye in right eye swoll up suddenly unda bottom lid. Is there a quick home cure to help heal fast?

Warm compresses: Hard to say for sure from your description what exactly is the problem, but certainly could be a stye or chalazion. It is ok to try a washcloth soaked in very warm water as a warm compress a few times a day, for about 5-10 minutes at a time. If there is no improvement within a couple of days, or worsening at any time, you should see an ophthalmologist promptly.

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Is pink eye caused by the same virus as a stye?

Is pink eye caused by the same virus as a stye?

No: Pink eye is caused by respiratory infection viruses, and is very contagious. A stye is an infected hair follicle, and a bacterial infection. A stye can be treated with warm compresses.

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Could similasan pink eye relief help with a stye in the upper eyelid?

No: I think that compound is not that great for anything. (personal opinion). The stye is an eyelash gland infection ; can respond to local warm compresses ; eyelid cleansing with local antibiotic cream.

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I am 24 and have been experiencing pain in the back of my right eye. No pink eye or stye present. No sinus infection. Ideas?

I am 24 and have been experiencing pain in the back of my right eye. No pink eye or stye present. No sinus infection. Ideas?

See ophthalmologist: Your vision is too precious to fool with and you should make very sure very quickly that nothing is going to damage your eye. Following that, if nothing is found it may be necessary to have an MRI with thin orbital slices done with contrast to determine if there may be a tumor in back of the eyeball. Please go and get evaluated soon.

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Have reoccurring styes on both eyes. No conjunctivitis, but the upper and lower lids are swollen and hurt much. Stye so large blocks sight. What 2do?

Have reoccurring styes on both eyes. No conjunctivitis, but the upper and lower lids are swollen and hurt much. Stye so large blocks sight. What 2do?

Styes: If your styes are so lage have them drained by an eye doctor, otherwise, use hot compresses to have them come to a head and drain. An ocular antibiotic like Erythromycin would also help

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Itchy sore yellowish/grey lesion lower inside corner of eye. Not pinkeye/allergies/foreign obj/stye. Itching began yesterday, lesion this am. Cause?

Itchy sore yellowish/grey lesion lower inside corner of eye. Not pinkeye/allergies/foreign obj/stye. Itching began yesterday, lesion this am. Cause?

Eye lesion: It is usually bacterial infection. It would need frequent wash with water and antibiotic eye ointment if not cleared within 24 hours

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How do I tell the difference between pink eye and an allergic reaction?

How do I tell the difference between pink eye and an allergic reaction?

Pink eye: A good question. Pink eye occasionally is caused by alelergy or chemicals but usually spreads from hand to eye as a virus. Less commonly a bacteria. They can look similar but the pink eye often goes away in 7 to 10 days whereas allergic eye problems may persist. There is more discolored eye drainage from a viral pink eye than from an allergic conjuctivitis.

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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