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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?

It depends: Pink eye describes an eye that appears red or pinkish. Most cases of "pink eye" are either allergic or viral. Sometimes they van be bacterial or toxic reactions to irritants or to some eye drops. Viral pink eye is usually due to an adenovirus.The virus can live not only in tear fluid and conjunctiva but also on magazines, newspapers and even bed sheets for up to a day. See your eye md promptly. ...Read more

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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

The conjunctiva is the outer layer of thye eye. Conjunctivitis means inflammation by any irritant. The normal pale clear tissue will look iritated and discolored from light pink to angry red and ...Read more


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How long does the pink eye virus stay infectious on objects? I'm specifically thinking of my children's toys, especially their stuffed animals. My son has pink eye, and we're trying to avoid my daughter getting it, so i'm not allowing them to share toys r

There : There are several different viruses that can cause pink eye. In general i would say a few days. Some viruses can likely live longer. The scientific studies on this subject seem to be all over the place. Regardless, this points out the hand washing. ...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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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 does pink eye live on surfaces?

48 hours: "pink eye" is caused by a virus, which can only live inside cells. Surfaces, if dry, will have no viral replication after 48 hours. ...Read more

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How long does the pink eye bacteria live?

How long does the pink eye bacteria live?

Pink eye: Most pink eyes are caused by viruses with a lifespan of 3 to 10 days. Bacterial infections in adults usually follow trauma and surgery. If bacterial, the infection usually can be overcome in 3-6 days with antibiotic therapy. If present beyond this time, revisit your ophthalmologist to assess. ...Read more

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How long does it take pink eye to go away?

Usually 2-3 weeks: Pink eye or viral conjunctivitis is usually an acute condition caused by adenovirus (like the common cold). Most cases will resolve in a few weeks but some can be prolonged. There are many other causes of conjunctivitis so any additional or more severe symptoms should be examined by your eye doctor. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get pink eye after being exposed to it?

As fast as a cold: "pink eye" generally describes an eye infection caused by the common cold virus. It is the same disease, just infecting a different part of the body. Similarly to the common cold, it is contagious, and typically starts within hours to a few days after contact with an infected person. Once the virus takes hold on the eye, it can last between 7-14 days, or longer. ...Read more

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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


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Pink Eye (Definition)

Pink eye is also known as Conjunctivitis. Inflammation of a layer called the conjunctiva is referred to as "pink ...Read more


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