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How long is conjunctivitis contagious after starting antibiotics

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarberaanswered
Pediatrics 29 years experience
See Below: Until the eye is no longer red.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Discharge: You are contagious as long as you have any discharge, even with antibiotic ointment or drops. Don't touch or rub your eyes. Use a tissue to clear away... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Viral or bacterial?: If your pink eye issue to a bacterial infection, you should no longer be considered contagious after 24-48 hours after starting the antibiotic drops. ... Read More
Dr. David Sachs
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
During symptoms: Because pink eye is usually viral and not bacterial antibiotics actually will do nothing to help with the pink eye. For that reason you are contagious... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 47 years experience
It Depends: If the pink eye is caused by bacteria and the drops have effective antibiotics, then it is thought 24-48 hrs eliminates the contagion. Since the drop... Read More
Dr. Alan Jackson
Addiction Medicine 31 years experience
10-14 days: Use of antibiotics does not shorten the contagious stage, the drops shorten the time you have to deal with goopy eyes.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Wachtel
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
OK after 3 - 4 days: With frequent hand washing after 3 to 4 days of an antibiotic you will probably no longer be contageous. But do not stop the medication until you have... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stevan Cordas
Internal Medicine 58 years experience
Blepharitis: Antibiotics don't work for allergic conjuctivitis but they may help blepharitis or infectious conjunctivitis.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Mosolf
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Depends: If the diagnosis is correct and you have a bacterial conjunctivitis then the eye drops should work pretty quickly (24 to 48 hours). If it is actually ... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
1-3 weeks: Viral conjunctivitis can last up to 3 weeks in cases of adenovirus and coxsackie.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Can be: Depends on the type. Pink eye (viral) is highly contagious and necessitates good hygiene during treatment.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Bacterial yes: Bacterial conjunctivitis is contagious. Viral usually is not. Allergic is not.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Distefano
Ophthalmology 46 years experience
Conjunctivitis: No, viral conjunctivitis is more contagious than bacterial conjunctivitis. Bacterial conjunctivitis tends not to be contagious unless the surface of ... Read More