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A child has been around someone that has pink eye, so how long before that child shows eye symptoms?

A child has been around someone that has pink eye, so how long before that child shows eye symptoms?

Depends: Assuming the pink eye is caused by a viral infection (most likely), the time from contracting the virus to showing symptoms can be anywhere from 4-10 days. If it was a bacterial infection, symptoms usually being sooner. ...Read more

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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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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Pink eye - what are the symptoms and how long does it take for the symptoms to show up?

Pink eye - what are the symptoms and how long does it take for the symptoms to show up?

Pink eye!: Lots of reasons for "pink" eye or "red" eye. Infections, both viral & bacterial, are common causes of conjunctivitis. Patients typically complain of an irritation, sometimes gritty, sometimes burning, often w/purulent discharge such that their lids are glued shut in the morning & crusted over. Visual acuity should not be affected. When exposed, one can develop symptoms in hours to days. ...Read more

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Treating Pink Eye (Checklist)

Wash your hands frequently
Daily
Determine cause (allergic, viral, bacterial). You may need to see doc.
Once
Do not use someone else's eye drops
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How long until pink eye symptoms show up if you played with another kid with it?

Day or so: An eye infection can occur within a few days if you are going to get it. ...Read more

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Treating Pink Eye (Checklist)

Stay home for a few days as you may be infectious
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Don't share towels to prevent spread
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Use cool compresses if eyes are irritated or itchy
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Use lubricating drops without preservatives
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Can you tell me how I could clear up viral pink eye fast?

Not possible: There are a number of viruses which cause this and the length of infection can be from 5-10 days. There is no specific treatment; just drops for comfort. It will clear without treatment and there is no specific treatment to speed up healing.If you are ten days or more out and still have the problem, go b ack to your ophthalmologist for a second look. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of pink eye fast?

How do I get rid of pink eye fast?

Depends on the cause: If you have viral conjunctivitis, it may take up to a couple of weeks, but a red eye doesn't necessarily mean its viral conjunctivitis (aka "pinkeye"). Could be allergies, dry eye or lid inflammation, for instance. I would try some artificial tears and if its not any better, see an ophthalmologist to determine the cause. I would be wary of "get the red out" drops since they can be addictive. ...Read more

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Treating Pink Eye (Checklist)

Get treatment right away
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use good hygiene as it is contagious
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avoid touching eyes with hands
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use sunglasses for photophobisa
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When is pink eye contagous and when would symptoms show up for someone who was exposed?

pink eye contagious: Again, pink eye is a viral infection of the outer surface of the eye which gets red and watery. Yes it is contagious, more so in the early stages (3-days), when the eyes are watery. If the contagion is successful, this person will show the signs in 2 to 3 days. I insist, a correct diagnosis is essential. ...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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