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

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Dr. LINDA VARGAS
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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