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how long is conjunctivitis contagious after starting antibiotics

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Dr. Ari Weitzner
32 years experience Ophthalmology
About a week: Thats the rule of thumb.

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
27 years experience Pediatrics
See Below: Until the eye is no longer red.
Dr. Harold Peltan
27 years experience Ophthalmology
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
30 years experience Family Medicine
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
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Dr. David Sachs
17 years experience Ophthalmology
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
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience Pediatrics
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
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Wachtel
58 years experience Ophthalmology
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
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Conjunctivitis: Depends on cause. Both bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are highly contagious and spread by direct contact with infected eye secretions, or contact ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Mosolf
24 years experience Pediatrics
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
20 years experience Ophthalmology
1-3 weeks: Viral conjunctivitis can last up to 3 weeks in cases of adenovirus and coxsackie.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stevan Cordas
56 years experience Internal Medicine
Blepharitis: Antibiotics don't work for allergic conjuctivitis but they may help blepharitis or infectious conjunctivitis.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Yes.

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