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Can I skip school if conjunctivitis?

Can I skip school if conjunctivitis?

Excused: If you have pink eye, then you should be on antibiotics for. 24 hours before returning to school. ...Read more

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the thin mucous membrane that lines the front surface of the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids. As the inflammation increases, it causes the tiny blood vessels in the conjunctiva to dilate, thus leading to a redness of the eye. Depending on the cause of the conjunctitis there can also be itching, irritation, and discharge ...Read more


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What is usual cause of conjunctivitis in schools?

What is usual cause of conjunctivitis in schools?

Pink eye: Viral and allergic. But the most contagious is bacterial, that is why antibiotics are prescribed. ...Read more

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Should I go to school if I think I have conjunctivitis?

Should I go to school if I think I have conjunctivitis?

Probably not: If your conjunctivitis is diagnosed, then it is a contagious problem which carries a significant stigma beyond its actual clinical signs and symptoms. See your ophthalmologist to confirm this, although school nurses are pretty good at diagnosing this condition. ...Read more

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If I have conjunctivitis should I still go to school? I am 18y.

If I have conjunctivitis should I still go to school?  I am 18y.

I would miss!: Viral conjuctivitis is quite virulent. I would miss for several days, so you can't transfer to others! ...Read more

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Should children be sent to school if they have viral conjunctivitis?

Should children be sent to school if they have viral conjunctivitis?

No: Viral conjunctivitis is contagious and treatment should be initiated before the return to school. Most schools will send this children home. ...Read more

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If I have conjunctivitis should I go to school? Doctor says ok but principal no

If I have conjunctivitis should I go to school? Doctor says ok but principal no

Conjunctivitis: To prevent the spread of conjunctivitis, it is common practice to be treated with antibiotic eyedrops for 24 hours before returning to school or work. ...Read more

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Do I have to stay home from school tomorrow because I have conjunctivitis (pink eye)?

Do I have to stay home from school tomorrow because I have conjunctivitis (pink eye)?

School rules!?: Depends on school rules. Some make you stay home until you've taken antibiotics for at least 1 day. Doesn't make sense since most pink eye is caused by viruses, which antibiotics don't treat. But school rules are rules. Otherwise, you can go to school. You're contagious as long as your eyes are goopy or you cough/sneeze. Be nice. Cover your mouth/nose. Wash hands. A lot. ...Read more

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I have pink eye should I go to school?

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

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