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My husband had an itchy eye days and now it is red. he has

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My husband had an itchy eye for 3 days and now it is red. he has no discharge.
i am stating to itchy in one eye now too. my eye is not red ...probably yet
when do you have to see a doctor? is this a pink eye that is bacterial or viral ?
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr Chaithanya replied 6 months ago.

Hi,

I'm Dr Chaithanya attending you now

Yes, it can be pink eye

You need to see the doctor as early as you can

It can spread to others

So doctor prescribes antibiotic drops

Hope this helps

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Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Well with viral one it does not need antibiotic . How do you know it is bacterial?
Expert:  Dr Chaithanya replied 6 months ago.

Hi,

Unless examined no one can say it is vital or bacterial.

But most of the times a prophylactic antibiotic is given to prevent converting from viral to bacterial or to kill minimal bacteria if present

Expert:  Dr Chaithanya replied 6 months ago.

Keep using Refresh tears eye drops till you meet the doctor.

This is artificial tears and can stop itchiness to certain extent

But you need to meet the doctor soon

Both viral and bacterial are contagious

Expert:  Dr Chaithanya replied 6 months ago.

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