what is the difference between pink eye and a sty

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Dr. Olivia C. Liao answered:

Can pink eye cause a stye?

Possible

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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?

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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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Dr. Colin McCannel answered:

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

No

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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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Dr. Alan Jackson answered:

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

Styes occur

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Any time, conjunctivitis could potentially cause a stye to form.
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Dr. Thomas Wolf answered:

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

No

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

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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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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

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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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Dr. Martin Raff answered:

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

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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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Dr. George Yang answered:

What's the difference between pink eye and herpes viral infection of the eye? Can you get either one from herpes simplex on the lips?

Different virus

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Although the term "pink eye" is somewhat vague, it typically refers to an infection caused by adenovirus, is quite common, and highly contagious. Herpes simplex is also a virus which can cause an eye infection, is much less common, and can potentially be much more serious. You will need to see your eye MD to distinguish the two.
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Dr. Joel Gallant answered:

What's the difference between viral conjunctivitis and pink eye?

Usually the same

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Most "pink eye" is caused by viral conjunctivitis, in which case they're the same. However, a bacterial conjunctivitis, though less common, could cause the same symptoms and be referred to as pink eye, and there are other conditions that can make the eye look red.
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