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Can I Go To Work If I Have Pink Eye
Not usually: Most are viral ; very contagious. I would recommend you discuss this with your treating physician. ...Read more
Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) (Definition)
"Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. "Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. ...Read more
Not recommended: Pink eye is contagious, thus if a person is still having discharge from the eye it is best to stay at home if you can. Many places, such as daycare facilities and schools require people to have topical treatment for 24 hrs before returning. ...Read more
Best not to: This could be a viral infection and they can transmit it to kids easily. ...Read more
Contagious pink eye!: Pink eye is usually very contagious, so you should avoid any contact with other people until your eyes are less inflamed and there is no drainage. ...Read more
Woke up with crusty stuff on eye. It's a little red and itching. Is this pink eye? If so how contageous? Should I go to work?
I have pink eye and on my 4th day. Started prescription drops yest. When is it safe for others for me to return to work?
When it improves: Pink eye is spread by contact (rub your eye and touch something which someone else will touch later). Virus is shed as the eye gets redder or plateaus in redness. When the redness starts to diminish, no more virus is spreading and you are safe. In the meantime, wash your hands after each contact with the eyes. ...Read more
I have pink eye from my son. Without insurance temporarily so I used old tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) that expired last yr. Can't afford to go to doc. Will it work?
Not best choice: Tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) contains dexamethasone, a steroid that can make some infections worse, while making the user actually feel better. It may be the wrong medicine to use in the case of a viral infection. There is also a chance that the potency of the medicine has diminished to the point if being ineffective.. ...Read more
It depends: "pink eye" is a very broad term describing infectious and non-infectious conjunctivitis. If you have an eye infection, then control of its spread is important. If your eye is red due to blepharitis or other non-infectious cause you may go back to work despite the cosmetic appearance. Best to ask your eye doctor. ...Read more
Infection clears: Best to have it checked out, diagnosis confirmed, treatment regimen, and then examined when ready to return to make sure no longer contagious. ...Read more
Pink eye: You may return to work after using the anitbacterial eye drops for 24 hours. If there is still a lot of discharge you should wait until the eye is not actively having discharge. ...Read more
Yes: True pink eye is the same virus that leads to the common cold. It is extremely contagious and can cause epidemic breakouts. The rule of thumb is to avoid direct contact or sharing of objects with others until you are no longer symptomatic. Since the virus can last for hours on surfaces (door handles, chair arms etc.), it is easy to spread the disease. Stay home until you are healed. ...Read more
Chill: The inflammation of the conjunctiva (whites of the eye) can be treated with artificial tears that have been chilled in the refrigerator. Ice can be used to help the swelling around the eye to go down. The viruses that cause pink eye have a very high attack rate (this means they are highly contagious). Be very careful not to transmit the virus to your colleagues and family. Therefore, chill! ...Read more
Conjunctivitis: A pink eye can be due to many things. Classically a "pink eye" is due to viral conjunctivitis, is very contagious ; lasts 2wks despite meds. If you do have true pink eye, the most natural way to treat it is cold ice packs for itchiness; cold tears in refrigerator helps also. If severe an eyemd can rx stronger drops. Clear eyes help but does not cure. ...Read more
One of my eyes is burning and has stuff coming out of it. Several kids at my work have pink eye. Could I have it although eye is only slightly red?
Yes - pink eye: Pink eye is highly contagious. It is most commonly caused by a virus. There's a good chance you had it before (when you were younger) so that's why your case is more mild now. If vision is affected, you have fever, real pain, or nasty junk from the eye -u need to see a doctor right away. The determination of whether this is a bacteria or a virus should be pretty obvious if you can show it to a doc ...Read more
Got pink eye Sat. Went to ER Sun...they gave him polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) eye drops but it's now Wed. And eyes are no better what to do? Needs to go back to work
Follow-up: You need a follow-up since the treatment did not work ...Read more
Comforting: Similasan is a tear replacement with no therapeutic qualities. It is generally used for eye dryness, and may provide comfort when pink eye is present. It will not alter the course of the self limited infection of the lining of the eye. No harm will come from its use. ...Read more
Pink eye: If red pink eye is due to a virus, artificial tears will help relieve symptoms of irritation and should do no harm (non preserved are best as can use every hr if need; preserved no more than 4x/d); but they do not cure virus: needs to run its course 2 wks; see eyeMD if need stronger meds for relief & for rapid antigen test to see if is a virus. ...Read more
No: If you have been exsposed to someone with an eye infection, the antibiotic drop will not necessarily prevent you from getting an infection as many eye infections are due to a virus rather than a bacteria. You should cosult with the doctor who will be doing the lasik procedure. You may was to postpone the procedure for 10-14 days to be certain that an infection will not develop. ...Read more
No: I would consult with your ophthalmologist prior to using a medication for something other than its prescribed use. Also, prophylactic use of antibiotics can contribute to antibiotic resistance. ...Read more
The outside corner of my eye is sore and a little red. My wife works at a daycare with all sorts of nasty stuff. Pink eye maybe?
You could....: ....But it's often highly contagious, so you would probably spread it to lots of other people. Better to pass on the candy this year (or get someone else to bring you some). ...Read more
Do you think that I have pink eye? Or could I have just slept on it? If it goes away today, would it still be pink eye?
Conjunctivitis: Eye irritation can be secondary to foreign body, dust, strong wind, etc. Conjunctivitis can be viral, bacterial or allergic in origin. You have redness in your eye, purulent discharge, pain in bacterial conjunctivitis. Consult md for antibiotics. If your eyes started itching with redness and lacrimation, get eye gtts. For allergy. Go to your md for further evaluation nd treatment. Pink eye is. ...Read more
Generally no.: Each school has its own policy regarding return to school with pink eye and usually recommend Rx for a least 24 hours due to its contagious nature. Pink eye generally refers to infectious conjunctivitis, which could be viral or bacterial, and when the eye is itchy, it is easy to transmit germs by hand contact. ...Read more
Conjunctivitis: A pink eye can be due to many things. Classically a "pink eye" is due to viral conjunctivitis and can be very contagious with severe itchiness. If you do have true pink eye, the most natural way to treat it is cold ice packs for itchiness; cold tears in refrigerator helps also. If severe an eyemd can rx stronger drops. If discharge, use warm towel to clear it away. Any vision change, see eyemd. ...Read more
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