Is Pinkeye a virus or bacteria
Pink Eye can be caused by virus, bacteria, allergies, irritants (such as smoke or chemicals), or an underlying disease. ChaCha! [ Source: http://www.chacha.com/question/is-pinkeye-a-virus-or-bacteria ]
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- Can moths carry bacteria or viruses which cause pink eye??
- pink eye can be spread from poop. if a moth for some reason has it on them by another human (like landing on it) and then lands on something you touch and the bacteria gets on that thing, you can get pink eye. it’s highly unlikely, but stil…
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- Is it possible to have an immunity to pinkeye?
- Q: My wife has had pinkeye 2x in the past month. She got it the first time… and because of how contagious it is I though for sure – I would get it. I didn’t. Then 2 weeks later she gets it again and I still don’t have it. At night we basically sleep on the same pillow because we sleep so close together – so with such close contact while sleeping you would think I’d get it but haven’t so far. Leads me to think that either I have an immunity of some sort to either the virus/bacteria (is that possible), or that she has something other than pink eye. However because it looks like pink eye and her is matted shut with pinkeye nastiness in the morning it looks a lot like pinkeye.
- A: Not all pink eye is contagious…Allergic pink eyeAllergic pink eye symptoms and signs are usually accompanied by intense itching, tearing, and swelling of the eye membranes. Frequent causes include seasonal pollens, animal dander, and dust. It is frequently seasonal and accompanied by other typical “allergy” symptoms such as sneezing, itchy nose, or scratchy throat. Cold, moist washcloths applied to the eyes and over-the-counter decongestant eyedrops can provide relief. Your doctor can prescribe stronger medications if these remedies are not adequate.Chemical pink eyeChemical pink eye can result when any irritating substance enters the eyes. Common offending irritants arehousehold cleaners,sprays of any kind,smoke,smog, andindustrial pollutants. Prompt, thorough washing of the eyes with very large amounts of water is very important if an irritating substance enters the eye. Your doctor or your local poison control center should be contacted at once, even if you think the irritant or chemical is “safe,” as some of the most common household products like bleach and furniture polish can be very damaging.Underlying diseasesPersistent pink eye (conjunctivitis) can be a sign of an underlying illness in the body. Most often these are rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. Conjunctivitis is also seen in Kawasaki’s disease (a rare disease associated with fever in infants and young children) and certain inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.Subconjuctival hemorrhageBright redness of the whites of the eyes can also occur when the tiny blood vessels covering the whites of the eyes rupture from trauma or changes in pressure within the head (for example, after forceful laughing or vomiting, when diving under water, or even bending upside down). This condition is called subconjunctival hemorrhage, and while it can appear impressive, it is generally harmless. It causes a local area of the white portion of the eye (the sclera) to become brilliantly reddened. It does not typically involve the colored portion of the eye (the iris) and does not affect vision.
- I think I might have pink eye?
- Q: Alright, I have two questions. At first I thought it was a cold or bronchitis but this morning when i woke up my eye was just a little red. I took a shower and for a point of time I couldn’t see out of it when I was in the shower. Then my eye was dark red on the inside part close to my nose. And it has been red since this morning. Is this possibly pink eye?My younger sister had pinkeye about 3 months ago. Is it possible for the bacteria or virus to still be able to effect someone with that much time in between?By the way, I’m going to the doctors tomorrow morning so know need for you people to tell me to see a doctor or whatever. I just would like to know ahead of time if this “virus” or infection or whatever is pinkeye.Oh, I have another question too. I went to the movies with my friends and my boyfriend.They’re at risk for getting pinkeye too right?that is if I actually have it.
- A: You may have pink eye, but it is not likely that you caught it because your sister had it 3 months ago. Most likely you came in contact with someone who has it now, and it could even have been a stranger – you might have touched the same door handle, or shopping cart, or something else, and then you touched your eye. That’s how easily it spreads. Yes, your friends would be at risk for getting it too now.Frequent hand washing is crucial to prevent spreading the virus or bacteria, depending on which type you have. While there are several different kinds of pink eye, almost every case of pink eye is viral pink eye, and there is no particular treatment for it. It will get better on its own within a week or so. Check with your pharmacist for over the counter eye drops for pink eye. You need to stop wearing your contacts until the symptoms disappear, and throw those contacts away and use new ones when you start wearing them again.Hot compresses a few times a day will help. As strange as this may sound, steep a couple of tea bags (real tea, not green tea or herbal tea), and place the moist tea bags on your eyes. The tannic acid in the tea is soothing and will make you feel better and help with the swelling. Wash your hands very often and be careful when cleaning and treated the affected eye to not spread pink eye to your other eye.These links give more information about pink eye. http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/eye/conjunctivitis.htmlhttp://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001016.htmhttp://www.medicinenet.com/pink_eye/article.htmhttp://www.drgreene.com/21_1058.html