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When Can I Start Wearing Mascara After Pinkeye
Preferably not: Most pink eyes are viral...Very contagious ..Recommend replacing mascara. ...Read more
Depends: Most 'pink eye' is caused by a viral infection on the 'skin'covering the eyeball-called the conjunctiva. Once infected its called 'conjunctivitis.' this can develop over a few days or 1-2 weeks de you infect your eye when you touch a surface (or person) with the virus and rub your eye-transfering the virus. Some are from sexually transmitted bacteria. Frequent hand washing helps prevent this. ...Read more
Depends: Most "pinkeye" or conjunctivitis is actually viral, so antibiotic eye drops are usually not effective. Viral conjunctivitis tends to run it's course in 7-10 days. It can be very contagious, spreading from one eye to the other or to other people. Hand washing is essential. To be certain it is not a more serious bacterial or fungal infection, you should see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the cause of the pink eye. Viral conjunctivitis is treated with artificial tears for symptomatic relief. Bacterial conjunctivitis is treated with antibiotics. Other causes are treated with steroids or non-steroidals. You need to see an eye md for diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Pinkeye: Pink eye is a generic term that refers to conjunctivitis (inflammation of the white part of the eye). To treat it, you have to find out the source of the inflammation. It could be viral, bacterial, allergic, traumatic, contact lens related or chemical. The only safe thing you can do is use artificial tears. See your doctor to find the cause and the correct treatment. ...Read more
Pinkeye: Pinkeye, the colloquial term for viral/infectious conjunctivitis, is in most cases a local infection. It may be associated with an upper respiratory tract infection. Otherwise it will not affect the rest of the body except for the stress of having the condition until it resolves. ...Read more
Give it time: Most "pinkeye" or conjunctivitis is actually viral, so antibiotic eye drops are usually not effective. Viral conjunctivitis tends to run it's course in 7-10 days. It can be very contagious, spreading from one eye to the other or to other people. Hand washing is essential. To be certain it is not a more serious bacterial or fungal infection, you should see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more
Prevention Tips: Washing your hands is one way to not only prevent pinkeye, but also prevent the spread of other bacterial and viral infections. Individuals with pinkeye should not share tissue, handkerchiefs towels, cosmetics and linens. In order to prevent pinkeye from spreading from one eye to the other, make sure to used different cotton balls or cloths to wipe the eyes. ...Read more
Contagious: Pinkeye (bacterial conjuctivitis) is highly contagious. Kids naturally like to touch things and their face without good hygiene. So, it's a bad combo to have kids and a contagious infection. ...Read more
Infections: To develop an infection at any location you need a source of germs, a vulnerable location & a method of transfer. If you choose to let someone fart or crap in your eyes, transfer of germs & infection is the likely outcome. You need an alternative pastime to making up odd questions. ...Read more
See below.: Symptoms of pink eye(conjunctivitis) usually start 24 to 48 hours after exposure to someone else (or their secretions) with it. Symptoms can include redness, itching and discharge (drainage). Conjunctivitis can be caused by a virus (most common), bacteria or an irritant or allergen. Your child should be seen by her doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Who said you were?: You would be contagious if you have an active case of pink eye or conjunctivitis (eye would be red with mucous discharge) or you would have a bad cold or sinus infection. It is possible to have bacteria in one's nose or eyes that can be determined by a nose or eye culture but no evidence of active illness, and this would be referred to as a "carrier." Pink eye carrier is not a common diagnosis ...Read more
No: Do not use old eye drops. Throw them away. ...Read more
I have most symptoms for pinkeye and told my but she said can't get it twice and about to go to school should I go to the school nurse then?
Conjunctivitis: You are too young for us to advise. Please consult a medical professional in person. ...Read more
Conjunctivitis: "pink eye" can be a serious disorder that can lead to blindness. It's important for a doctor to diagnose it so that appropriate treatment can be given. "pink eye" can be caused by infection, corneal abrasion and other inflammatory conditions. Treatment depends on the cause but antibiotic eye drops are usually prescribed first. ...Read more
Either or both: Tree pollen in the spring often causes itchy, red eyes (allergy) and can be treated with avoiding outdoor pollen, taking an antihistamine by mouth or allergy eye drops (otc or rx). If the redness is accompanied by pus or pain then infection is most likely. Often people with itchy eyes rub them for relief and cause an eye infection on top of their allergy. This requires a call to you doctor. ...Read more
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