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how long does it take to catch pink eye

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
2-5 days: Most of what is called pink eye is due to viral infections which take 2=5 days to cause an eye infection that is obvious. Pink eye is common in child ... Read More

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal Raviv
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25 years experience Ophthalmology
Depends: Pink eye is a general non-scientific catch-all term for conjunctivitis. Most cases of acute conjunctivitis are of viral origin, and the vast majority ... Read More
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Dr. Clement Cheng
20 years experience Ophthalmology
Usually 2-3 weeks: Pink eye or viral conjunctivitis is usually an acute condition caused by adenovirus (like the common cold). Most cases will resolve in a few weeks bu ... Read More
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Dr. William Goldstein
30 years experience Ophthalmology
Days or weeks!: If pink eye is caused by bacteria, it will resolve in less than 7 days, usually 5. Antibiotic drops shorten the duration to around 3 days. Unfortunate ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Miller
9 years experience Family Medicine
Not long: Pink eye is highly contagious and can spread quickly. You need to see your doc and get treated right away. In the mean time, make sure to wash your ha ... Read More
Dr. Moonyoung Chung
24 years experience Ophthalmology
Fast: Very contagious from eye to eye and person to person. Wash hands. Don't touch eyes. Wash sheet, pillowcases, towels and don't share these.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dieck
37 years experience Ophthalmology
Depends: I think you are asking how long it takes to have symptoms after you are exposed to an infectious source. For bacterial conjunctivitis one to three da ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Pepose
38 years experience Ophthalmology
Around a week: While pink eye has a number of causes, the most common is infection with adenovirus, of which there are 53 serotypes. It can also cause a febrile res ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dieck
37 years experience Ophthalmology
Infectious-1-2 days: If your pink eye is bacterial, 1-2 days of antiobiotic treatment should make the eye look better. Viral, chemical, and allergic "pink eyes" can have ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wolf
40 years experience Ophthalmology
Quickly: Most viral types within 3-5 days of exposure. Bacterial usually in 1-2 days.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
26 years experience Ophthalmology
Depends: Depends on cause. Viral can be 7-21 days. If it is due to dry eyes, it may not go away until you treat the underlying condition. You need to be exa ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francine Yep
30 years experience Family Medicine
A couple: A couple of days to a couple of weeks [it depends what's causing the pink eye]. Not all pink eye is caused by germs. Non-infectious pink eye can be ca ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wolf
40 years experience Ophthalmology
Quickly: Most viral types within 3-5 days of exposure. Bacterial usually in 1-2 days.

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