How does a doctor determine if your diagnosis is viral or bacterial conjunctivitis?

Clinically. A history and clinical examination is essentially all that is needed to diagnose a bacterial or viral conjunctivitis. infrequently, conjunctival cultures are taken to confirm the pathogen responsible for the infection, whether bacterial, fungal or viral.

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What is the difference between viral or bacterial conjunctivitis?

Source of infection. One is caused by any of a number or viruses, the other is caused by any of a number of bacteria. Bacterial conjunctivitis responds to antibiotics, viral does not. Bacterial conjunctivitis results in copious discharge, viral results in scant discharge. Read more...

How can I know if I have a viral or bacterial conjunctivitis?

Sometimes difficult. Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis can be difficult to distinguish. Viral are more common, are usually bilateral, and typically come along with a cold or other respiratory infection. Bacteria can and do become secondary agents in viral conjunctivitis. Pure bacterial conjunctivitis are usually unilateral and are commonly associated with poor eyelid hygiene and overgrowth of skin organisms. Read more...
Conjunctivitis. usually the bacterial conjunctivitis has more ropy discharge and pus . causes more sticky eyes. Viral conjunctivitis does not have significant discharge. also swabs can confirm bacterial conjunctivitis. Read more...
Difficult. It can be difficult to differentiate between the two however thick yellow discharge which causes the eyelids to get stuck together in the mornings is usually bacterial and itchy, irritated, painful, watery eye is usuallt viral. The best way is for your doctor to take a swab and send to the lab for diagnosis. Read more...

Is bacterial conjunctivitis more contagious than viral conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis. No, viral conjunctivitis is more contagious than bacterial conjunctivitis. Bacterial conjunctivitis tends not to be contagious unless the surface of the eye is damaged. Read more...

How contagious is viral conjunctivitis in comparison to bacterial conjunctivitis?

Infections of the. conjunctiva, whether by virus or bacteria, are usually transmitted by direct contact. The infectious agent is not aerosolized thus it is is transported by either fluid or mucous. Read more...