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   Pink Eye
 
Definition:
Inflammation or infection of the membrane that lines the eyelids and coats the surface of the eye (the conjunctiva).
 
Medical terms related to pink eye :
Bloodshot Eye, Conjunctivitis, Eye Redness, Red Eye
 
Common causes of pink eye: 
o Allergy
o Chemical Irritation (cleaners, sprays, smoke, smog, pollutants)
o Hay Fever (An acute allergic reaction to pollen; also called pollinosis)
o Viral or bacterial Infections
o Trauma (e.g. Corneal Abrasion)
o Subconjunctival Hemorrhage (Bleeding occurring beneath the conjunctiva)

Other Causes of pink eye:
o Shingles (Called also Herpes zoster, Zona, Zoster)
o Relapsing Polychondritis
o Inflammatory Bowel Disease
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Pterygium:
A triangular fleshy mass of thickened conjunctiva occurring usually at the inner side of the eyeball, covering part of the cornea, and causing vision disturbance.
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Psoriatic Arthritis:
A severe form of arthritis marked by inflammation, psoriasis of the skin or nails, and a negative test for rheumatoid factor; called also Psoriasis Arthropathica.
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Reactive Arthritis:
Acute arthritis that sometimes develops following a bacterial infection (e.g. after infection with genera Shigella, Salmonella, or Chlamydia).
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Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA):
A chronic autoimmune disease marked especially by pain, stiffness, inflammation, swelling, and sometimes destruction of joints;called also atrophic arthritis.
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Sarcoidosis:
A chronic disease of unknown cause that is characterized by the formation of nodules resembling true tubercles especially in the lymph nodes, lungs, bones, and skin.
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Sjogren's Syndrome (Sicca syndrome):
A chronic autoimmune disease in which white blood cells attack the moisture-producing glands. The hallmark symptoms are dry eyes and dry mouth, but it is a systemic disease, affecting many organs and may cause fatigue.
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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus:
A connective tissue disease of unknown cause that occurs chiefly in women characterized by fever, skin rash, arthritis, acute hemolytic anemia, small hemorrhages in the skin and mucous membranes, inflammation of the pericardium, and in serious cases by involvement of the kidneys and central nervous system.
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Wegener's Granulomatosis:
Vasculitis of small vessels affecting the respiratory tract and kidney.
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Ankylosing Spondylitis:
Rheumatoid arthritis of the spine ;called also Rheumatoid spondylitis.
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Behcet's Syndrome:
A disease with unkonwn cause that is marked by ulcerative lesions of the mouth and genitalia and inflammation of the eye (as uveitis and iridocyclitis), and occurring especially in young men; called also Behcet's disease.

 

Call 911 or go to the hospital if pink eye is accompanied by: 
o Severe eye pain or irritation
o Swelling in or around your eyes
o Discharge of blood or pus from your eyes
o Loss of vision
o Nausea or vomiting

 
Call your doctor if pink eye is accompanied by: 
o Eyes are red longer than 1-2 days
o Eye pain or vision changes
o Takeing blood thinning medication, e.g. warfarin
o Forien body in the eye
o High Sensitivity to light
o yellow or greenish discharge from one or both eyes

 
Medications for pink eye may include: 
o Fexofenadine (Allegra)
o Cetirizine (Zyrtec)
o Fexofenadine And Pseudoephedrine, Allegra-d
o Loratadine, Claritin, Alavert
o Loratadine And Pseudoephedrine, Claritin-d
   
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