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This symptom can also be referred to as:
Purulent eye discharge
Pus coming from eye

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2 Potential Pus - Colored Eye Discharge Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Bacterial Conjunctivitis

    Bacterial conjunctivitis is one of the most common eye problems. It occurs from an infection of the whites of the eye.

    With treatment, bacterial conjunctivitis resolves in a a few days.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    sore throat, eye redness, eye itch, watery eye discharge, eye redness
    Symptoms that always occur with bacterial conjunctivitis:
    eye redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Viral Conjunctivitis

    Pink eye conjunctivitis is an infection of the whites of the eyes by a virus. It is extremely infectious and can spread from person-to-person easily.

    Sometimes eye irritation and discharge may get worse for a few days before getting better, but usually symptoms resolve within a week.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    eye redness, eye itch, sensitivity to light, feeling of something in the eye, watery eye discharge
    Symptoms that always occur with viral conjunctivitis:
    eye redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pus - Colored Eye Discharge

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Does light bother your eyes more than usual?
  • Q.Have you been around anyone with the same symptoms, possibly exposing yourself to an infection?
  • Q.When you wake up in the morning (or from a nap) are your eyes crusty?

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Pus - Colored Eye Discharge Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pus-colored eye discharge have also experienced:

    • 7% Sore Throat
    • 6% Swelling of the Eye Area
    • 5% Eye Pain
  • People who have experienced pus-colored eye discharge had symptoms persist for:

    • 35% Less Than a Week
    • 32% Less Than a Day
    • 17% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced pus-colored eye discharge were most often matched with:

    • 26% Viral Conjunctivitis
    • 24% Bacterial Conjunctivitis
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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