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How many days do i have to stay home from school if i have pink eye?

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Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Tough Call: Ideally, 7 days, if the pink eye is due to a virus. This is almost never possible. As long as it is tearing, you are contagious. School nurses that recommend 24 hours are wrong. Usually this goes by the formal name "epidemic" keratoconjunctivitis. It is usually spread by direct contact-person to person.
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
is variable length, but best for the red eye to be gone
Oct 1, 2011
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Until it is gone: Pink eye, or epidemic keratoconjunctivitis, is the most contagious condition known. It is casued by the cold virus, and as you may know, once one person gets a cold, everyone with close contact will get it also. Similarly, as long as you have symptoms of pink eye (red, irritated, with tearing) you are contagious and can easily pass it along. Wait until all symptoms are gone before going back.
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarberaanswered
Pediatrics 28 years experience
See Below: Until the eye is not red anymore.

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