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Please answer! what pathogen is conjunctivitis?

Please answer! what pathogen is conjunctivitis?

Many: Connjunctivitis is the term for infection of the conjunctiva (and also for other inflammations of this tissue). There are many viruses, some bacteria and even fungus that can cause this so one pathogen is only one of many. ...Read more

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

Conjunctivitis is 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 the tiny blood vessels in the conjunctiva to dilate, thus leading to a redness of the eye. Depending on the cause of the conjunctitis there can also be itching, irritation, and discharge ...Read more


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What is the pathogen that causes pink eye (conjunctivitis)?

What is the pathogen that causes pink eye (conjunctivitis)?

Virus: There are a number of viruses that can cause pink eye. Adenovirus is the most common one. Less commonly, conjunctivitis is caused by bacteria. ...Read more

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What is the scientific name of the agent or pathogen that is the cause of the disease pink eye?

What is the scientific name of the agent or pathogen that is the cause of the disease pink eye?

Not a single agent: Pink eye is a general term that describes the pink irritation of the eye membranes during inflammation. It can be caused by allergies, a variety of bacteria, viruses, other infectious agents like chlamydia, chemicals like hair spray etc. Some use it specifically for bacterial disease but there is much diversity in agents involved. ...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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Help me out here: what is conjunctivitis?

Help me out here: what is conjunctivitis?

'pink eye': Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the outer lining mucous membranes of the eye. It can be caused by irritants, allergies, environmental factors, viruses, bacteria and even fungi, so it is important to seek medical attention if it does not clear up after a few days with supportive therapy. Artificial tears and cold compresses help if it is viral, irritant or allergic. ...Read more

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Help? I believe i may have conjunctivitis?

See a physician: Without seeing a physician it is not possible to evaluate whether this is allergic or bacterial conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for conjunctivitis?

What is the recovery time for conjunctivitis?

1 week or less: Most types of conjunctivitis are better in a week or less. There are versions that last longer. ...Read more

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What to do if need info about conjunctivitis!?

Internet!: There are many excellent website on the internet such as that of the American Academy of Ophthalmology or Medline plus that have high quality information about conjunctivitis. ...Read more