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how long does it take to get pink eye once exposed

A 41-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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A 61-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 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
31 years experience Ophthalmology
Depends: Viral-- up to a couple of weeks. Bacterial-- a couple of days if treated allergic-- can be chronic.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
39 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes.: Pink eye is usually viral and takes it normal run of 10 days. People panic and change drs. The lucky dr sees u on day 7 or 8 and no matter what he or ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal Raviv
Dr. Tal Raviv answered
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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A 47-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
A 33-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
A 51-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 33-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 49-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

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