Should you go to work if you have viral conjunctivitis?

Viral conjunctivitis. Pinkeye (conjunctivitis) is redness & swelling of the conjunctiva. People may be concerned if they see you at work because it can be contagious.

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How can one avoid getting viral conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis. Being exposed to someone with conjunctivitis does not necessarily imply that you will catch the infection. Having said that, after being exposed, do not touch that person or allow that person to touch you. Stay some distance from him/her just in case s/he sneezes or coughs on you. If that happens, take a shower and if not, at least wash your hands and face. Read more...

Bacterial vs viral conjunctivitis appearance?

Pus and edema. Bacterial conjunctivitis is not common in adults but occurs in children more often. I usually will have much more swelling, pus in the cul de sac, and much crusting and debris. Viral conjunctivitis is often bilateral, makes the eyes red all over, and has a clear to yellowish secretion but not pus (which is cloudy white). Your ophthalmologist can make this distinction and given you the best rx. Read more...

What medication is used for viral conjunctivitis treatment?

Nothing prescription. Since this condition is viral, antibiotic eye drops will not help (they would if the condition was bacterial in origin). Anti-histamine drops can help a little with the itch (these are both over-the-counter and prescription). Artificial tears (wetting drops) will help soothe the irritated eyes if administered frequently. Cool compresses will help with irritation and swelling. Hand washing! Read more...

Bacterial or viral conjunctivitis, how can I tell?

Bacterial. In general, bacterial conjunctivitis will present with purulent discharge that occurs at the lid margins and in the corner of the eye. The discharge is generally thick and yellow/green/white. Read more...

Is there a good way to get rid of viral conjunctivitis?

Time. Viral conjunctivitis, like a viral respiratory infection runs its course over a 10-14 day period of time. Medications taken durning a viral illness, be it in the eye or other or system are supportive only. They protect from bacterial superinfections and treat the symptoms of the viral infection. Read more...

Can viral conjunctivitis be exacerbated by contact lenses?

Yes. Contact lenses and eye infections are dangerous combination. If your eyes are red and irritated, DO NOT WEAR CONTACTS, and see your eye doctor. Read more...