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A 25-year-old member asked:

How does pink eye spread?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Infectious pinkeye: Most pink eye is due to virus and requires direct contact such as fingers to a doorknob, etc. It is not spread through the air like the common cold. It also requires a susceptible individual.
Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Prevent spread: Now that you know how it is spread, work to prevent spreading to those around you. Wash your hands a lot! don't shake hands, share pens, towels or pillows. Wash your hands again! the best thing you can do is not give this to your family friends and coworkers.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How to treat pink eye before you spread it?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Most are viral: When around other people don't get close and do not touch them, particularly when you have touched your eye. There is no specific treatment if this is viral (unless it is herpes), and if there is pus, it is getting worse, or it is affecting your vision see an eye doctor asap.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can pink eye be spread through your saliva?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Doubt it: But do not know of any data which would support my opinion. Saliva is toxic to many bacteria and they do not survive well in it. Pink eye can be due to both bacterial and viral infections and is usually transmitted by people touching their eyes and then hand to hand to eye transfer. Wonder why you are asking - i guess people still spit on each other.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What can you do for pink eye to avoid spreading?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Pink eye: Cool compresses if the cause is allergy. Mild antibiotic eye drops if infection. Warm compresses applied to the closed eye to ease the discomfort.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How contagious is pink eye? How is it spread?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
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 survive on surfaces (tabletops, chairs, etc.) for many days. If you touch this surface and then touch your eye you can get the disease. Frequent hand washing and cleaning such surfaces can reduce transmission. It is not spread by other bodily fluids.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Can pink eye always spread to both eyes?

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Dr. Daniel Gradin
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
No: Pink eye is often caused by a viral infection, or sometime bacteria, and if you avoid touching the eyes, it might remain in only one eye.

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