2nd October 2019

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Is there a difference between pink eye and a cold in the eye?

Viral conjunctivitis comes on fast when the eye or body is infected with a virus. Often just an additional symptom of the cold or flu, viral conjunctivitis causes a sticky, watery discharge that is very contagious. This infection should go away within 3-5 days, but it can also trigger bacterial conjunctivitis.

Furthermore, what does it mean to have a cold in your eye?

Viral conjunctivitis is most often caused by adenovirus, a virus associated with respiratory diseases and the common cold. Allergic conjunctivitis This type tends to happen in people who normally get allergies, and occurs when the eyes are exposed to a substance called an allergen that causes an allergic reaction.

What are the symptoms of a cold in the eye?

They depend on the cause of the inflammation, but may include:
  • Redness in the white of the eye or inner eyelid.
  • Swollen conjunctiva.
  • More tears than usual.
  • Thick yellow discharge that crusts over the eyelashes, especially after sleep.
  • Green or white discharge from the eye.
  • Itchy eyes.
  • Burning eyes.
  • Blurred vision.

Is a cold in the eye contagious?

Viral conjunctivitis. Caused by a virus, like the common cold. This type of pink eye is very contagious, but usually will clear up on its own within several days without medical treatment. Bacterial conjunctivitis.
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