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How can I tell if I have viral or bacterial pink eye?

How can I tell if I have viral or bacterial 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

Dr. Tim Conrad
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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


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How avoid 100% or almost pink eye (viral and bacterial)?

How avoid 100% or almost pink eye (viral and bacterial)?

No immunity: Careful hygiene, hand washing and avoid infected contacts. No proven way to prevent it. ...Read more

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Can I use naphcon a to relieve viral pink eye?

Can I use naphcon a to relieve viral pink eye?

Yes and also...: Naphcon works well, along with cold compresses and artificial tears for lubrication and relief. ...Read more

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Should I be using naphcon a to help relieve viral pink eye?

Should I be using naphcon a to help relieve viral pink eye?

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

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Do you think I should be using naphcon a to relieve viral pink eye?

Do you think I should be using naphcon a to relieve viral pink eye?

Safe: Yes, its safe. Make sure you throw it out after 1-2 weeks so you don't reinfect your eye. ...Read more

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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.

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.

No effect: Crying may cause some dilation of the vessels on the front of the eye as well as, of course, extra tears. But the course of the infection depends upon your immune response which should be fully activated after three weeks. I hope you have nothing to cry about. ...Read more

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Can there be any way to cure viral pink eye?

Can there be any way to cure viral pink eye?

It usually runs its: Course. Most viral conjunctivitis does not require treatment (but antiviral meds may used if it is a herpes simplex virus infection). ...Read more

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I have pink eye and I know it's viral. What can I do at home to get rid of it?

I have pink eye and I know it's viral. What can I do at home to get rid of it?

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

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What type of pink eye do I have? Viral or bacterial, but how do you tell the difference?

What type of pink eye do I have? Viral or bacterial, but how do you tell the difference?

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

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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

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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?

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

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How can you tell the difference between viral pink eye, bacterial pink eye, and allergies?

How can you tell the difference between viral pink eye, bacterial pink eye, and allergies?

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

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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

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

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Can you tell me how I could clear up viral pink eye fast?

Can you tell me how I could clear up viral pink eye fast?

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

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

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

Usually the same: 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. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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.

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

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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

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Can you tell me how long does viral pink eye take to go away?

Can you tell me how long does viral pink eye take to go away?

Weeks: Viral conjuctivitis usually has a two week course before the infection resolves. The ey may remain inflammed for several weeks after the infection. This can be controlled with antiinflammatory drops. ...Read more

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My pink eye (viral) symptoms are gone but my eye is still blurry can I wear make up?

My pink eye (viral) symptoms are gone but my eye is still blurry can I wear make up?

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

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

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 tiny blood vessels to dilate, thus leading to a ...Read more


Acyclovir (Definition)

Acyclovir is an antiviral drug. It slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus so that the body can fight off the infection. Acyclovir will not cure herpes, but it can lessen the ...Read more