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

It depends

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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
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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

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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.
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Dr. Jay C. Bradley answered:

Is pink eye a form of the herpes virus?

Herpes virus

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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.
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Dr. Colin McCannel answered:

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

No

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

Can be serious

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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.
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How long do I have to wait after pink eye seems cleared up before I can wear contacts? Can I wear them as soon as I don't have any more itchiness from the pink eye, or do I need to wait longer? .

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Once all symptoms of conjunctivits (pink eye) are clear, contact lens wear can usually be resumed. Old contacts, contact lens case, and solution should be discarded to minimize risk of re-infection. Redness, pain, blurred vision, watery or mucous discharge are common symptoms of pink eye.
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Dr. Oscar Novick answered:

Do i need to take my son to the Dr for his eye conjunctivitis that he got from a stomach virus?

Yes

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You have no way of knowing whether the infection is viral or bacterial. Your doctor will be able to tell you whether antibiotic eyedrops are needed
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Saw doc yesterday about sore throat and canker,said virus.Last night one eye irritation,conjunctiva red, watering all night-eyelashes little stuck together.Conjunctivitis?How to treat or see reg doc?

Conjunctivitis

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Your symptoms definitely seem compatible with a viral syndrome also involving the eye (conjunctivitis). Try not to spread the virus to your other eye or others. Clean the secretions with a clean washcloth with warm water, and you may use artificial tears & ocular decongestant like Naphcon A™ For comfort. Also Tylenol or Advil and plenty of fluids and rest. Takes about 7 to 10 days to clear.
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Dr. Theodore Leng answered:

How long can pink eye live within the sheets?

Wash them

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Just wash your sheets, pillow cases and towels and the virus should be gone
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Dr. Andrew Dahl answered:

How long does pink eye live on surfaces?

48 hours

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