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Can You Get Pink Eye From a Fart? Hmmm...

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Look, no one wants to discuss it, but there’s a whole myth surrounding it; An odoriferous fart is not responsible for your pink eye, also called conjunctivitis; this is completely a false saying.

However, every myth comes from somewhere, so, can a fart really spread disease? I've penned some information to better help you understand the pink eye — fart connection — or not.

About this Pink Eye — Flatulence Myth

So what about pink eye? Well, you've heard the saying that you can contract pink eye if someone farts on your pillow, right? For starters, let’s agree that if someone passes gas, farts, breaks wind, or however, you want to refer to it, on your pillow, they are obviously not your friend. You should also redirect them to a chair, or the bathroom, immediately.

Secondly, this myth is untrue, and it is labeled "passing gas" for a reason. The reason is, that it is just that, gas - and any bacteria found within it would die off rather quickly once outside your body. Flatulence, or farting, is mainly methane gas and does not contain bacteria.

Now This Is the Gas!

Wind is mostly oxygen and nitrogen swallowed as we breathe. It also consists of hydrogen, methane, and carbon dioxide. These gasses originate from the bacteria inside your gut, disintegrating the food that you’ve eaten, and farting out the waste.

So Getting Pink Eye From Poop - Can Happen?

Stool — or more precisely, the viruses or bacteria within your stool — may trigger a pink eye infection. According to the CDC, you can acquire pink eye from genuine poop. If you happen to accidentally touch poop, neglect to wash your hands afterward, then touch your eyes, you may very well end up with pink eye, or bacterial conjunctivitis.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology advises avoiding touching your eyes after contact with your anus to prevent the transfer of bacteria that can lead to bacterial conjunctivitis.

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Viruses and Farts

There are no known viruses currently present within your intestines that will spread through farts, including coronaviruses, such as the bacteria that causes COVID-19. These bacteria will die quickly without a host, which is your body, in this particular case. Keep in mind that viruses drop quickly out of the air, so the surfaces that catch the droplets are much more contagious than someone passing gas and challenging your sense of smell.

More than anything, good hygiene matters the most when trying to keep viruses and bacteria outside your body. You should be cleaning your hands every time you go to the restroom for a minimum of 20 seconds. This also applies to touching shared surfaces. For instance, a refrigerator handle, light switch or toilet handle in a public place. Regularly washing your hands can greatly reduce your chances of contracting an infection or other ailment.

What are Some Common Causes of Pink Eye?

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva — the clear membrane that lines your eyelids and also covers the white portion of your eye.

The most common causes of pink eye include:

Preventing Pink Eye

Conjunctivitis is contagious, but no more than the common cold, according to the Mayo Clinic, To prevent pink eye, you should exercise good hygiene:

  • Avoid contact with your eyes
  • Switch your pillowcases frequently
  • Regularly use clean towels and washrags
  • Discard worn contact lenses since getting pink eye
  • Don’t share washrags, towels, makeup, or eye care items
  • Wash your hands frequently, particularly after using the restroom

Takeaway

Is it possible to contract pink eye from a fart? Absolutely not. But, pink eye is contagious and needs medical treatment. If you think you may have contracted pink eye, have eye irritation, or if it's simply time to have your eyes examined, to schedule an appointment.

This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2022 Felicia Powell

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