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can I go swimming with pink eye

A 9-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Infections: Humans can get eye irritation and infection from a number of sources or experiences. Why?
Dr. Jodi Luchs
29 years experience LASIK Surgery
Yes: There are a number of pathogens which exist in fresh and salt water which can produce eye infections - sometimes serious. See your eye doctor for a a ... Read More

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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
33 years experience Ophthalmology
No: The chlorine in the water will likely further irritate your eyes. Wait until your eyes are better before swimming.
Dr. Ajay Gupta
25 years experience Ophthalmology
Probably best not to: Pink eye, commonly used to describe conjunctivitis (inflammation of the clear, thin tissue overlying the white of the eye) has many causes including a ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnstone Kim
13 years experience Retinal Surgery
Yes: If you truly have the "pink eye" or viral conjunctivitis, then it can be very contagious. But not every red eye is "pink eye".
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Hill
32 years experience Ophthalmology
Maybe!: Pinkeye may go away on its own, but not always.Not treating it could also have other potential issues.I would recommend treatment of bacterial conjunc ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Need more info: Is this pus, is it accompanied by burning, pain, redness, does it affect your vision. It may simply be gel-like material helping to clear irritants f ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Call your PCP: Difficulty breathing, chest pain, significant bleeding, broken bones, fever over 104 in infants=these are your basic emergencies. Weepy eyes, colds, f ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Yang
26 years experience Ophthalmology
1 week.: The term "pink eye" usually refers to viral conjunctivitis, and is highly contagious for 5-7 days. If you have a bacterial conjunctivitis, it is typi ... Read More
A 15-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience Pediatrics
"Pink eye": There are many causes for a red eye, including trauma, eye disease ( glaucoma, retinal detachment), allergies, and infection (bacterial or viral). Tre ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience Family Medicine
He should be: Pink eye is generally cleared up after a couple of days of drops. See your physician, and make sure that he washes his hands.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Campbell
26 years experience Ophthalmology
Probable allergy: Sounds like you're having an allergic conjunctivitis. Try an over the counter antihistamine drop like zaditor (ketotifen). If that doesn't help, see ... Read More
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