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I have a pink eye Is it okay to go back to work

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Kira
20 years experience Ophthalmology
It depends: "pink eye" is a very broad term describing infectious and non-infectious conjunctivitis. If you have an eye infection, then control of its spread is ... Read More

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A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Infection clears: Best to have it checked out, diagnosis confirmed, treatment regimen, and then examined when ready to return to make sure no longer contagious.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Things to ponder: Pinkeye is passed through contact with infectious debris. If you touch your face/eye and then touch the environment you can plant germs where someone ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alissa Zenack
21 years experience Pediatrics
Pink eye: You may return to work after using the anitbacterial eye drops for 24 hours. If there is still a lot of discharge you should wait until the eye is no ... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
When it improves: Pink eye is spread by contact (rub your eye and touch something which someone else will touch later). Virus is shed as the eye gets redder or plateau ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Most say 24h: Most references consider 24 hours on drops adequate to cut transmission of bacterial pinkeye.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elaine Peterson
9 years experience Pediatrics
Not recommended: Pink eye is contagious, thus if a person is still having discharge from the eye it is best to stay at home if you can. Many places, such as daycare f ... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Conjunctivitis: Nope. This is a highly contagious infection and your co-workers would most likely appreciate you not passing it along.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: Its usually very contagious and would be irresponsible to spread to others.
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