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Is pink eye contagious airborne

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: Pink eye, whether bacterial or viral is highly contagious through hand to hand and usually respiratory means.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Pink eye: That depends. Viral or bacterial conjunctivitis can be very contagious. Pink eye caused by allergies, foreign body in the eye or chemical exposures wo... Read More
Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Not likely: Usually when the eye is not longer red or pink, the infection is gone.

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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Yes: Most pink is very contagious. It is spread by touch.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Pink eye from: bacterial or viral infections is very contagious. Pink eye caused by allergies, foreign body in the eye & chemical exposures is not.
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
Dr. Alan Mindlin
Ophthalmology 50 years experience
Depends on type: Pink eye when contagious can be passed on for up to 2 weeks. This depends on the type and whether there are more than one type present. The redness ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Retinal Surgery 19 years experience
Extremely: Another term for pink eye (viral conjunctivitis) is epidemic keratoconjunctivitis, emphasis on "epidemic." the virus is found in the tears and can sur... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Yes: Viral conjunctivitis commonly referred to as pink eye is contagious and spread through the discharge very easily. Can even get it from sharing towels... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Viral infection: By far the most common pink eye is a viral infection of the lining of the eye (the conjunctiva) over the sclera (the white of the eye). It is contagi... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dieck
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
With treatment: A bacterial conjunctivitis usually is not contageous after 4-6 doses of antibiotic drop treatment. Viral conjunctivitis can be contageous for weeks.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Up to 2 weeks: Pink eye is the term used fro viral conjunctivitis. It can be contagious for up to 2 weeks and is one of the most contagious infections in the world. ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. LINDA VARGAS
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
10-14 days on avg.: 10-14 days on average and it's possible to reinfect yourself if you are not taking precautions. You should wash your hands frequently or use a hand sa... Read More
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Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Pink eye : is the pink eye due to infection? viral ? bacterial - lots of purulent discharge or allergic ( pollen ) or chemical? Chemical/ allergic is not in... Read More

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