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Is it possible to catch pink eye from another person who only had an ear infection?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Rare but possible

The cold virus can be transferred to the eye from direct contact (touching an infected person or an object with the virus on it) or contact with airborne virus (from a sneeze or breath).
Although it is unlikely for a viral ear infection to pass to someone's eye, the virus can last on surfaces for several hours. If they touch their ear, then you touch them, and then your eye, it is possible...

In brief: Rare but possible

The cold virus can be transferred to the eye from direct contact (touching an infected person or an object with the virus on it) or contact with airborne virus (from a sneeze or breath).
Although it is unlikely for a viral ear infection to pass to someone's eye, the virus can last on surfaces for several hours. If they touch their ear, then you touch them, and then your eye, it is possible...
Dr. Andrew Shatz
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Dr. John Goldenberg
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: No

Pink eye is viral and from contact with another individual with a viral conjunctivitis.

In brief: No

Pink eye is viral and from contact with another individual with a viral conjunctivitis.
Dr. John Goldenberg
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Great answer. I agree 100%
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology

In brief: Pink

Possibly. Since pinkeye is often caused by a cold virus (adenovirus strain), that virus may cause both eye and ear infection.
Keep your hands clean at all times, and do not rub your eyes...

In brief: Pink

Possibly. Since pinkeye is often caused by a cold virus (adenovirus strain), that virus may cause both eye and ear infection.
Keep your hands clean at all times, and do not rub your eyes...
Dr. Theodore Wu
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