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This morning after I took a shower, I noticed that my right eye was a bit red. At first it felt a bit stingy but then it subsided during the afternoon. And now I can see that it is red and I'm asking if this is pinkeye. If this is, please let me know which type it is and can I cure it at home and for how long will I have this? Thanks. - Asked by C R on 03-Nov-2014 01:48:07

Answer Count: 2    Disorder Type: Eye disorders

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    Answered by Dr. Suneel Vallabhaneni on 03-Nov-2014 06:40:16

    Hi, pink eye can have multiple causes. But the common ones are - viral, bacterial and allergic. In allergic reactions usually both eyes are effected and in these situations - attempt should be made to identify the allergen and try to avoid the allergen. Antihistamines like Claritin can be helpful. In viral conditions - usually it starts in one eye and can spread to the other eye but not necessarily. Usually there is a prior exposure to another person (usually day care going kids) with similar symptoms. Lubricant eye drops and antihistamine eye drops can be helpful in decreasing the sand like or burning sensation and viral conditions self resolve in 1-3 wks. Signs of resolution can start on the 4 or 5 th day from onset. Bacterial infections are associated with copious yellowish secretions with sticking and matting of eye lashes especially in the mornings and this condition definitely needs topical antibiotics like polymixin/trimithoprim, erythromycin, gentamicin or tobramycin. Danger or alarming signs which need immediate attention by your doctor are - pain on moving the eye in different directions, haziness on the cornea (central dark part of the eye), swelling of the eyes lids or around the eye and protrusion of the eyes. Hope this helps.
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    Answered by Dr. Ramya Smitha on 03-Nov-2014 13:35:29

    Great Information by Dr. Suneel 

    The Symptoms of Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) Include 

    Redness in one or both eyes
    Itchiness in one or both eyes
    A gritty feeling in one or both eyes
    A discharge in one or both eyes that forms a crust during the night that may prevent your eye or eyes from opening in the morning
    ANTIBIOTIC EYE DROPS Would be the treatment depending on the organisms involved 
    Tips Include:
    Apply a Compress to Your Eye 
    Isolate Yourself to Avoid Spread 
    Stop Wearing Contact Lenses 

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