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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
Best not to: This could be a viral infection and they can transmit it to kids easily. 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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