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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

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

Dr. Tim Conrad
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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


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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? : (

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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My opthomologist told me I am having an allergic reaction to the pink eye virus. Is that possible?

My opthomologist told me I am having an allergic reaction to the pink eye virus. Is that possible?

Yes: Hi. I'm Dr. Ivy Fisher a pedi MD with Healthtap.
One can get a viral conjunctivitis with redness, discharge. Then, can get an allergic reaction to this virus, with more redness, pain and discomfort and
swelling. You can take oral Benadryl. This will
reduce the reaction and can be taken (OTC) every 6-
8 hrs. ...Read more

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What to do if I have the rino virus and pink eye?

What to do if I have the rino virus and pink eye?

Cold: Rhino virus causes the common cold. It less commonly causes pink eye. Be patient, it will get better on its own. ...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 it likely to get the virus that causes pink eye but not get pink eye even if I am not immune to the virus?

Is it likely to get the virus that causes pink eye but not get pink eye even if I am not immune to the virus?

How would U know: People acquire & shed viruses daily after acquiring them from their environment. If they leave no physical signs like pinkeye, throat infection, or other disturbance how would you ever know? Some of these challenge your immune system and trigger antibody formation/immunity but some may not. Medical research is laborious & costly. You can't get funding to study things that don't bother people. ...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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I'm a little obsessed with pink eye, can I get pink eye in my home? With my own or enviroment's bacteria/virus?

I'm a little obsessed with pink eye, can I get pink eye in my home? With my own or enviroment's bacteria/virus?

Wastebasket term: You can develop pinkeye from a virus or bacteria.You can also have pinkeye from allergies, exposure to chemical irritants, smoke, etc. The term is a general one for anything that makes your normal eye linings inflamed. It is most commonly applied to bacterial or viral infections. ...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

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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 should it take my eye to heal from pink eye?

4-10 days: Most pinkeye will run its course in 4-10 days. ...Read more

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How long can pink eye survive on surfaces?

Pink eye: Pink eye is due to a bacterial infection and the secretions containing the bacteria can survive on moist surfaces and reinfection can occur. Sharing eye make up is a common way for this to happen. ...Read more

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For how long are you contagious when you have pink eye?

For how long are you contagious when you have pink eye?

49 days: The most common cause of pink eye is adenovirus. If you have this, studies have shown the virus can survive for up to 49 days on hard surfaces. People tend to still actively shed the virus for a few weeks after the symptoms have gone. Disinfect with lysol and wash your hands frequently during this period. ...Read more

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How long are you contagious for when you have pink eye?

How long are you contagious for when you have pink eye?

Pink eye: Once the pink eye is fully treated (usually 3-5-7 days) the infection should be eradicated and so long as the hygeine is good there should be no problem. ...Read more

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How long does the pink eye bacteria live?

Up to 7-10 dyays: Most but not all bacteria that cause pink eye are self limiting. Any bacterial pink eye that persists even with treatment should be re-evaluated quickly as to cause. ...Read more

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How long does pink eye last with treatment?

3-10 days: Almost all "pink eye" is due to one of 40 or so viruses. Each one has a time frame which varies from 3-10 days, so yours will take the amount of time in which it is a member. Treatment has no actual effect; most with this condition are given anti-bacterials as there is no specific anti-viral for these viruses, so treatment makes no difference. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get rid of pink eye?

How long does it take to get rid of pink eye?

Depends: Viral-- up to a couple of weeks.

Bacterial-- a couple of days if treated

allergic-- can be chronic. ...Read more

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How long does pink eye germs last on stuffed animals?

How long does pink eye germs last on stuffed animals?

Depends on the germs: Pink eye can be caused by a variety of germs, including various viruses and bacteria. If your kiddo has pink eye and likes to snuggle stuffed animals, it'd be a good idea to make sure the stuffed animals were given a thorough cleaning once the pink eye is cleared up. ...Read more

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How long is pink eye contagious for if you have in both eyes?

When eye is red: Your body can shed virus as long as the eye is red, getting redder or stays at peak redness. Once it starts to fade, then the bodies defenses have started to win the battle and you now longer are shedding virus. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to apply cosmetics after getting pink eye?

How long should I wait to apply cosmetics after getting pink eye?

When normal looking: When the eye looks and feels back to normal then that is usually a safe time to resume makeup and contact lens wearing. ...Read more

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How long until I see results from taking ciprofloxacin for pink eye?

48-72 hours: Most "pink eye" is viral, not bacterial and will run its course in anywhere from a few days to 2 weeks. There is no approved medication for viral conjunctivitis. However, if the "pink eye" to which you refer is truly bacterial and the organism is susceptible to ciprofloxacin, you might expect improvement to begin in 48-72 hours. ...Read more

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

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 tiny blood vessels to dilate, thus leading to a ...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