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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
20 years experience Pediatrics
Conjunctivitis: Conjunctivitis / "Pink eye" can occur at any age. We tend to see it a lot in younger children - most commonly under the age of 5 yrs.

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dieck
37 years experience Ophthalmology
Not overnight: Your exposure to bacteria can take 24-48 hours to result in clinical conjunctivitis. You may have symptoms when you wake, but the exposure was long b ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
16 years experience Ophthalmology
Depends: Most "pinkeye" or conjunctivitis is actually viral, so antibiotic eye drops are usually not effective. Viral conjunctivitis tends to run it's course i ... Read More
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Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Many are viral and..: Spread from person to person.
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonardo Dacanay
18 years experience Ophthalmology
Most commonly viral: "pinkeye" is a general term for inflammation of the white of the eye, or conjunctivitis. It is often viral, but can be bacterial or even allergic. S ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience Pediatrics
Contagious disease: "pink eye" is an infection as the term is commonly used.It is usually spread by contact-thus good handwashing is needed.Also thru respiratory droplet ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jodi Luchs
29 years experience LASIK Surgery
No: It is very unlikely to transmit pink eye from a cat to a human.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carrie Cannon
32 years experience Family Medicine
Pink eye: Most pink eye is caused by Adenovirus and is very contagious. Sometimes the eye is infected with bacteria. Please see your primary care physician for ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Infected one side: Pink eye is the common term for viral infection of the eye. It may affect one eye but commonly affects both. The eye is red, has a clear discharge, m ... Read More
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A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
31 years experience Ophthalmology
Pink eye: Yes, pink eye is just a virus infecting the conjunctiva or outer layer of the eyeball. It can be very contagious and is spread like any other virus, ... Read More
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