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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
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
I have had pink eye for over three weeks. It's viral. can crying worsen the infection? It seems to have gotten worse the mornjng after crying.
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.
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
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