A 41-year-old member asked:
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how long after starting antibiotic is pink eye contagious ?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience Pediatrics
It Depends: If the pink eye is caused by bacteria and the drops have effective antibiotics, then it is thought 24-48 hrs eliminates the contagion. Since the drops are ineffective for viral pink eye, as long as the eye is red, the infection is probably contagious.
Answered on May 28, 2016
Dr. Alan Jackson
29 years experience Addiction Medicine
10-14 days: Use of antibiotics does not shorten the contagious stage, the drops shorten the time you have to deal with goopy eyes.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013

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