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Will Acyclovir Help Viral Pink Eye
Symptoms: In adults without a history of surgery or trauma, by far the most common infections are viral causing redness, itching, clear-sticky discharge and commonly are bilateral. Bacterial infectious is more flagrant, frequently drops the vision, has pus and much swelling, and commonly is painful. Your ophthalmologist can sort this out for you. ...Read more
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
No immunity: Careful hygiene, hand washing and avoid infected contacts. No proven way to prevent it. ...Read more
Limited use: Naphcon is a vasoconstrictor that causes the blood vessels on your conjunctiva to constrict and this causes the redness and congestion to go down. It is a symptomatic treatment but does not change anything with the viral infection course. Overusage of the naphcon is a problem as it can cause rebound vasocongestion (more redness and discomfort). Some people become "addicted" to these drops. ...Read more
Safe: Yes, its safe. Make sure you throw it out after 1-2 weeks so you don't reinfect your eye. ...Read more
What is an opthamologist looking for to confirm viral pink eye is gone and its now safe to wear your contacts?
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
Viral: Traditionally "pink eye" is a viral infection and it is highly contagious. You should wash your hands frequently and use a hand sanitizer. You can be contagious for 10-14 days after contracting the virus and can reinfect yourself if you are not careful. Viral infections usually produce "watery" discharge whereas a bacterial infection produces "pus". See your eye doctor for the diagnosis. ...Read more
Is it possible to get pink eye twice in the same year? I wasn't sure if it was bacterial or viral when I got it during the summer.
Yes.: Absolutely. It's possible to get both viral and bacterial pink eye many times if you are repeatedly exposed. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with viral pink eye. It seemed like it was getting better (less tearing, less red, less itching). But now it seems like the itching a?
Alllergic: Both viral and allergic conjunctivitis have similar symptoms except itch happens with allergic conjunctivitis. The viral one is contagious and correlates with the a upper respiratory viral infection during or after recovery. Artificial tears and Cold compressors help with the symptoms. ...Read more
Some differences: Generally viral pink eye typically produces redness, watery eyes and doesn't need treatment except for herpes. Bacterial pink eye causes redness & purulent discharge (puss), often "matting the lids/lashes together" in the AM or after a long nap -- needs antibiotic drops. Allergies almost always involve both eyes with redness, some watering, & can be quite itchy. Consult doc if you have it. ...Read more
How long will viral pink eye last? It started in left eye on day 1 and spread to right eye on day 3. Currently on day 5 and both eyes are infected
Secondary infection: Usually viral pink eye resolves in a couple of days. You might have a secondary bacterial infection. You may need antibacterial eye drops to clear the infection. ...Read more
Not possible: There are a number of viruses which cause this and the length of infection can be from 5-10 days. There is no specific treatment; just drops for comfort. It will clear without treatment and there is no specific treatment to speed up healing. If you are ten days or more out and still have the problem, go b ack to your ophthalmologist for a second look. ...Read more
See below: A miminum of 24 hours after all symptoms have abated. ...Read more
Yep!: Very contagious.Get a more detailed answer ›
I was told I had viral pink eye on March 3. I am wanting to wear contacts again. Should it be safe to do so?
Contacts: If your symptoms have completely resolved, contact should be ok. However, after viral pink eye you may develop other problems that ...Read more
I had viral pink eye and was diagnosed with adenovirus. My husband caught it, and I am almost 100 percent better. Can I catch it back from him?
Unlikely: You will have immunity for adenovirus, but can get bacterial infection like any one if you are not careful. ...Read more
I have had viral pink eye in one eye for six days. It has now spread to my other eye. Can I expect the same amount of time for the new eye to heal.
Might be faster:
Now that your immune system has experience fighting that virus the second eye might heal more quickly. Some things that may speed healing:
Adequate rest, a good multivitamin, Vit C 1000 mg 3x/day, avoid sweets. Get eyebright tea and apply warm compresses with it. Get Sovereign Silver at health food store and apply 1-2 drops every 2-3 hours. Similisan homeopathic eyedrops also help many. Good luck! ...Read more
I think my 2.5 year old has pink eye. Some green discharge, not much redness at all. How do symptoms between viral and bacterial pink eye differ?
Conjunctivitis: Bacterial conjunctivitis is typically unilateral, one eye, but can be bilateral. There is usually a very significant colored discharge. Viral conjunctivitis is typically a clear, mucousy, discharge, and usually is, or becomes bilateral. And is contagious. Both should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist for proper treatment, which is not the same. ...Read more
Up to: 2 weeks, usually.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yea you can: You might be blurry from dry eye syndrome so try systaine balance in the blurry eye and see if it helps ...Read more
My son had viral pink eye and eventually his sister got it. Is it possible for him to get it from her again or not because it was viral?
Unlikely: Once your son has recovered from his pinkeye from whatever virus triggered it, he should have enough protective antibody floating around in his system to avoid a recurrence. If he has another bout it would likely be another agent, not the germ he shared with his sister. Even then, there is often a blocking agent called interferon that lingers in the area preventin new viral invasion for a while. ...Read more
1year3month old boy had a viral pink eye 6month back. Cured in 2 days. Came back today again after 6 months. Is it OK? Or any other possibility
First you have to make sure it is Pink eye, there are a lot of other conditions that looks like a simple conjunctivitis.
Usually it is a simple infection and does not cause any problems or chronic conditions, when it is recurrent you need to make sure it is not dust allergy, or sun sensitivity to name a few so definitely see your doctor if its coming back,
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