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how long is pink eye contagious after antibiotics started

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 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. 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
Dr. Alan Jackson
29 years experience Addiction Medicine
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
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 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
27 years experience Pediatrics
See Below: Until the eye is no longer red.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Pink eye: Infection most commonly by virus, & is contagious especially among children.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
When eye is red: Your body can shed virus as long as the eye is red, getting redder or stays at peak redness. Once it starts to fade, then the bodies defenses have st ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
Depends on the cause: Pink eye or conjunctivitis can be cause by either bacteria or virus and spread to another person is usually by direct hand to face contact so may poss ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
33 years experience Ophthalmology
As long as: There is a discharge.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kate Tulenko
Specializes in Pediatrics
Until the eye clears: Antibiotics are usually prescribed for pink eye, but many cases are viral which is not affected by antibiotics. Therefore, it is best to wait until th ... Read More
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