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For how long can the pink eye virus live on bed sheets?

For how long can the pink eye virus live on bed sheets?

Quite some time: Pink eye is caused by the same virus responsible for the common cold (adenovirus). Although it is the most contagious infection, it is usually self-limited and clears within 2 weeks. Left on an inanimate object like sheets or a door handle, the virus can last anywhere up to 10 or more hours. If someone has pink eye, they sohuld not share utensils or linens and should use alcohol cleansers often. ...Read more

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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For 3 weeks I've had a pink eye/sore throat virus. Pink eye was gone for a while but has come back full force. Is that normal? How much longer? :(

Have it checked: I think adenovirus when I hear of pink eye/throat issues. This virus can cause eye redness for up to 14 days in some. The virus basically can strip the thin top lining of the eye off leaving it vulnerable to secondary infection/pain. Antibiotics don't help but may be used to reduce a second infection. I would see an MD this week to see what the cause is. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is pink eye a form of the herpes virus?

Is pink eye a form of the herpes virus?

Herpes virus: The herpes virus can cause eye disease and is one potential cause of pink eye. It is not by far one of the most causes of pink eye though. See an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Is pink eye caused by the same virus as a stye?

Is pink eye caused by the same virus as a stye?

No: Pink eye is caused by respiratory infection viruses, and is very contagious. A stye is an infected hair follicle, and a bacterial infection. A stye can be treated with warm compresses. ...Read more

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Is my eye infection anything serious? I heard that most pink eye was not serious, just virus.

Is my eye infection anything serious?  I heard that most pink eye was not serious, just virus.

Can be serious: You are right that most pink eyes are allergic or viral. But if you vision is changed, there is pain, or pus discharge, then you might have a bacterial infection that needs your ophthalmologist to look at. ...Read more

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Have a virus - pink eye going away but now I have bad pain in throat (feels like a shard of glass) in same spot for few days. Is that from the virus?

Have a virus - pink eye going away but now I have bad pain in throat (feels like a shard of glass) in same spot for few days. Is that from the virus?

Strep test: should be done. The sore throat is most likely due to the virus which caused the pink eye. However, both could be due to Strep. It is not unusual for Strep to cause conjunctivitis (pink eye). It is a good idea to have a Strep test done when you have a sore throat. Left untreated for >7 days, Strep throat can cause rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. It is just not worth the risk. ...Read more

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How long can pink eye live within the sheets?

How long can pink eye live within the sheets?

Wash them : Just wash your sheets, pillow cases and towels and the virus should be gone. ...Read more

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How long until pink eye goes away?

Could be 1-2 weeks: It's similar to the upper respiratory cold infection. It usually goes away in 5-10 days but it may linger around for a while. Cold compressors and artificial tears will help. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


Dr. Tim Conrad
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Pink Eye (Definition)

Inflammation of a layer called the conjunctiva is referred to as "pink ...Read more