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how long is an eye infection contagious after starting antibiotic drops?

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Dr. Bryan Levey
26 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: If the infection is caused by bacteria, you might see improvement and decreased contagion in a day. If the eye infection is viral, the antibiotic drops won't change the status of contagion at all.
Answered on Oct 29, 2014
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Dr. Ilan Cohen
24 years experience Ophthalmology
Not very long: Assuming the conjunctivitis is indeed bacterial in origin, it will cease to be contagious in around 2-3 days after starting antibiotic medications.
Answered on May 26, 2012

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The other way around: The eye gets red from infection and the drops are used to fight the ingection - the success will be noted by lessening of the redness. If the redness ... Read More

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