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How can I differentiate pink eye from allergic red eyes?

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Dr. Alex Martinez
Internal Medicine - Allergy
2 doctors agree

In brief: Itching

Both pink eye (a highly contagious infection most often caused by viruses) and allergy eyes can be red, have copious amounts of drainage, and be mattered shut in the mornings.
Itching may be the best way to differentiate between the two. Itch is a hallmark for allergic reactions; not much else involves the eyes, ears, nose, and throat like allergies. A doctor can help tell the difference too.

In brief: Itching

Both pink eye (a highly contagious infection most often caused by viruses) and allergy eyes can be red, have copious amounts of drainage, and be mattered shut in the mornings.
Itching may be the best way to differentiate between the two. Itch is a hallmark for allergic reactions; not much else involves the eyes, ears, nose, and throat like allergies. A doctor can help tell the difference too.
Dr. Alex Martinez
Dr. Alex Martinez
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Dr. Ehsan Sadri
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Itchiness

Allergies tend to itch and non allergic don't.

In brief: Itchiness

Allergies tend to itch and non allergic don't.
Dr. Ehsan Sadri
Dr. Ehsan Sadri
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Dr. Michael Kermani
Also, if you have an allergy tendency or nasal or sinus congestion, the odds for allergy eyes are greater.
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