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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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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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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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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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How to reduce pink-eye redness fast--visine?

Eyedrops: If you need to get rid of the redness for instance for a picture, you can use drops labeled "gets the red out". However this is a temporary effect and will not work well if the cause is infectious pink eye. You may have to wait it out and if your vision is affected or there is significant pain due to your red eye, you probably should see your ophthalmologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it common for pink eye to show up when a cold and severe sore throat are on their way out?

Pink eye: Absolutely! Viruses can show up anywhere. Start with nose, then mouth, ears, eyes. No one pattern and no given time frame. Having said that, if the eye is red, tender, painful, crusty, has thick yellow or green discharge, or visual changes, you may have a secondary bacterial infection and get to your doctor ASAP. Don't delay eye symptoms. ...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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