Pinkeye

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    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

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    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Quick GuidePink Eye (Conjunctivitis) Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

What noninfectious conditions cause pinkeye, what are noninfectious pinkeye symptoms, and how are they treated? (Part 2)

Chemical pinkeye

Chemical pinkeye can result when any irritating substance enters the eyes. Common offending irritants are

  • household cleaners,
  • sprays of any kind,
  • smoke,
  • foreign objects in the eye,
  • smog,
  • industrial pollutants.

Prompt, thorough washing of the eyes with very large amounts of water is very important if an irritating substance enters the eye. A doctor or local poison-control center should be contacted at once, even if the irritant or chemical is thought to be safe, as some of the most common household products like bleach and furniture polish can be very damaging. Continue Reading

Reviewed on 5/12/2016
References
REFERENCE:

Yeung, Karen K. "Bacterial Conjunctivitis." Medscape.com. Dec. 4, 2015. <http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1191730-overview>.

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