Eye discharge or "gunk"

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Content updated on May 23, 2022

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Conjunctival redness

  • Fever

  • Headache

  • Eye pain

  • Dysphagia

  • Unilateral blindness

Possible Causes

  • Pharyngoconjunctival fever

    A viral infection causing sore throat, red eyes and fever. Some patients may have enlarged lymph nodes (lumps) in the neck. Patients will recover without treatment by themselves.

  • Corneal damage

Related Serious Diseases

  • Enterovirus infection

    Enteroviruses are a group of viruses that can be transmitted by eating, swallowing, or breathing in contaminated food, water or airborne droplets. Usually infections are mild. Occasionally severe complications such as inflammation of organs like the heart, brain or liver can occur.

  • Endophthalmitis

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have eye discharge?

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