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1. What is not a typical presenting symptom of conjunctivitis?

A. Discharge
B. Red conjunctiva
C. Severe photophobia
D. Burning
E. Tearing

2. A patient with a recent head cold presents with a 2 day history of a left red eye. Today the right eye is also red. The patient complaints of a lot of watery discharge, burning, and slight blurring of the vision. They deny waking up with significant discharge to the point in which their eyes are stuck shut or extreme itchiness. What is the most likely diagnosis?

A. Viral
B. Bacterial
C. Allergic
D. Not conjunctivitis – consider another diagnosis

3. What treatment would you recommend?

A. Start a topical antibiotic and contact precautions
B. Admit to hospital for further work-up and treatment
C. Recommend cold compresses, artificial tears for comfort, contact precautions
D. Start an anti-histamine drop

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