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A 31-year-old member asked:

how long for conjuctivities heal?

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Dr. Stephen Khachikian
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Depends: This depends on the type of conjunctivitis. Usually it can take up to two weeks to resolve completely. Some types of conjunctivitis like bacterial or allergic respond to medication, but some (like viral conjunctivitis) do not respond to medication and will just resolve on their own. If it persists for more than 10-14 days then i would see your eye physician.
Dr. Moonyoung Chung
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
1-2 weeks: 1-2 weeks.
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
2-3 weeks: It could be as long as 2-3 weeks depending on the cause. With allergic conjuctivits, the stimulus to conjuctivitis may still be present so it is harder to resolve.

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A 43-year-old female asked:

What should I do for conjunctivitis

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Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
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See a doctor: Disease of the eye should not be treated empirically. Please se a doctor asap. Untreated eye disease can lead to blindness.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Shoul i skip work because of conjuctivitis?

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Dr. Matthew Goren
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Maybe: If it's viral, probably you should not be around people as you will be very contagious. However, allergic or bacterial causes are not.
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When can I wear my contacts after having conjuctivitis?

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Dr. Matthew Goren
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Ask your doctor: It really depends on what type of infection you had.
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A 38-year-old female asked:

What is conjunctavitas

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Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Conjunctivitis: Conjunctivitis is inflammation if the outer eye covering caused by allergy, viruses or bacteria. Allergic causes can be relieved by Benedryl, Zyrtec or Claritin (loratadine). Viral causes are self limiting (contagious but resolve on their own). Bacterial causes are treatable only by prescription antibiotic drops. Careful handwashing and avoiding towel sharing can help reduce spread to others.
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What is the diagnistic code for acute conjuctivitis?

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Dr. W. james Chon
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Acute conjunctivitis: ICD-9 diagnostic code for acute conjunctivitis is 372.00 and ICD-10 code is H10.

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