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I got pink eye about a month ago, got drops for it and it went away. Since then i've gotten it two more times, why does it keep coming back?
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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Environment
The germs may be spread on surfaces like phones, doorknobs, etc.
See your doctor to make sure it's pink eye. Sometimes allergic eyes can look like they are infected, too. Keep hands washed or instant sanitized, try not to touch your eyes.

In brief: Environment
The germs may be spread on surfaces like phones, doorknobs, etc.
See your doctor to make sure it's pink eye. Sometimes allergic eyes can look like they are infected, too. Keep hands washed or instant sanitized, try not to touch your eyes.
Dr. Maritza Baez
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
In brief: See eye doc
Pink eye (conjunctivitis) may be due to viral, bacterial infection, environmental/allergic, or inflammatory causes.
Wash hands, don't share towels, disinfect doorknobs, kitchen, bathroom surfaces; check if you have new brand of eye makeup (may be allergic); if old, may be contaminated. May be inflammation from eye or unrelated organ (e.g. Inflammatory bowel disease). See your ohthalmologist.

In brief: See eye doc
Pink eye (conjunctivitis) may be due to viral, bacterial infection, environmental/allergic, or inflammatory causes.
Wash hands, don't share towels, disinfect doorknobs, kitchen, bathroom surfaces; check if you have new brand of eye makeup (may be allergic); if old, may be contaminated. May be inflammation from eye or unrelated organ (e.g. Inflammatory bowel disease). See your ohthalmologist.
Dr. Arthur Heller
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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
In brief: Pink eye
Pink eye, or conjuctivitis, can be due to many things, including viral or bacterial infections as well as allergy.
Allergic conjunctivitis tend to be recurrent, and are chronic (vernal). Infectious conjunctivitis can be recurrent if you live or work in a crowded situation or wear contacts, which can perpetuate the infection. Wash your hands often, avoid rubbing your eyes, and see a doc for eval.

In brief: Pink eye
Pink eye, or conjuctivitis, can be due to many things, including viral or bacterial infections as well as allergy.
Allergic conjunctivitis tend to be recurrent, and are chronic (vernal). Infectious conjunctivitis can be recurrent if you live or work in a crowded situation or wear contacts, which can perpetuate the infection. Wash your hands often, avoid rubbing your eyes, and see a doc for eval.
Dr. Michio Abe
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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine
In brief: Contact lenses?
If you wear contracts, you need to throw out the old pair, as they can harbor the infection.
If not, then see your eye doctor.

In brief: Contact lenses?
If you wear contracts, you need to throw out the old pair, as they can harbor the infection.
If not, then see your eye doctor.
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