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Conjunctivitis due to virus

Also known as Viral Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis (also called pink eye or madras eye) is inflammation of the conjunctiva (the outermost layer of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids). It is most commonly due to an infection (usually viral, but sometimes bacterial) or an allergic reaction.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with conjunctivitis due to virus, 91% report having eye redness, 66% report having pain in eye, and 54% report having itchiness of eye. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of conjunctivitis due to virus are eye redness, pain in eye, itchiness of eye, swollen eye, white discharge from eye, lacrimation, and eye burns or stings, although you may still have conjunctivitis due to virus without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with conjunctivitis due to virus often receive ophthalmic examination and evaluation, influenzavirus antibody assay and referral to home health care service .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with conjunctivitis due to virus include erythromycin, gentamicin ophthalmic, sodium sulfacetamide ophthalmic, ciprofloxacin ophthalmic, tobramycin ophthalmic, tobramycin (tobi), moxifloxacin (avelox), erythromycin ophthalmic, olopatadine ophthalmic, dexamethasone-tobramycin ophthalmic, proparacaine ophthalmic, tetracaine (one touch) and gentamicins (gentamicin) .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for conjunctivitis due to virus include age 5-14 years, age 1-4 years and age < 1 years.

Age

< 1 years
3.5x
1-4 years
4.2x
5-14 years
1.8x
15-29 years
0.7x
30-44 years
0.8x
45-59 years
0.6x
60-74 years
0.2x
75+ years
0.3x

Sex

Male
1.0x
Female
1.0x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.3x
Hispanic
1.3x
White
0.8x
Other
1.3x
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