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Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Pink eye, whether bacterial or viral is highly contagious through hand to hand and usually respiratory means.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
33 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes: Most pink is very contagious. It is spread by touch.
A 43-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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A 26-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
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
18 years experience Retinal Surgery
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
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
33 years experience Ophthalmology
Not likely: Usually when the eye is not longer red or pink, the infection is gone.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
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
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dieck
37 years experience Ophthalmology
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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
25 years experience Ophthalmology
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 61-year-old member asked:
Dr. LINDA VARGAS
33 years experience Ophthalmology
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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