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Can bacterial conjunctivitis be spread other than through sexual contact?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Recommend good hygiene, avoidance.

In brief: Yes

Recommend good hygiene, avoidance.
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Eye infection spread

True bacterial infection of the eye in adults requires a susceptible host - postsurgical, trauma, chronic inflammation, immunodeficiency.
Your eye, when open , is bombarded all the time with bacteria from the air and easily gets rid of them. The exception to this is gonococci but that is really rare in adults.

In brief: Eye infection spread

True bacterial infection of the eye in adults requires a susceptible host - postsurgical, trauma, chronic inflammation, immunodeficiency.
Your eye, when open , is bombarded all the time with bacteria from the air and easily gets rid of them. The exception to this is gonococci but that is really rare in adults.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Beth Friedland
touching the eyes with your fingers, especially after touching your face, or nose is another way that bacteria get spread to the eyes. Please! wash your hands to prevent eye infection spread.
Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology

In brief: Sure

We give them the names "fomites" but any object can spread infection by touch if contaminated.
We sometimes see this in households. Be sure to use your own towel and wash your hand thoroughly.

In brief: Sure

We give them the names "fomites" but any object can spread infection by touch if contaminated.
We sometimes see this in households. Be sure to use your own towel and wash your hand thoroughly.
Dr. David Kira
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