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How long after being exposed do pink eye symptoms appear?

How long after being exposed do pink eye symptoms appear?

Generally 1-3 days: It depends on what virus (usually) or bacterium is the cause but usually the incubation period is just a day or so. ...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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Treating Pink Eye (Checklist)

Wash your hands frequently
Daily
Tell dr the cause of your pink eye (allergic, viral, bacterial)
once, once for 1 week
Do not use someone else's eye drops
Once
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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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How long do symptoms of pink eye take to disappear?

How long do symptoms of pink eye take to disappear?

Depends: The length of time depends on the cause. Pink eye is a generic term for inflammation of the conjunctiva (white part of the eye). This inflammation can be from a number of causes, not all of them infectious. The majority of causes will heal without treatemnt in 2-3 weeks but it is generally prudent to see your eye doctor to ensure that no treatement is required. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
Once
Do not occlude or cover eyes
Once
If you have pink eye, wash face towels with hot water separately
Once
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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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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 Eye Injuries (Checklist)

Seek immediate medical attention
Once
If it's a chemical exposure, rinse eye with water for 15 minutes
Once
Do NOT rub eye
Once
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How long before the symptoms of pink eye start until you actually get infected?

Depends on the cause: Pink eye is a term used to describe a red irritated eye. This can result from viruses, allergies, bacterial and irritants such as chemicals. To know when the symptoms start, we have to know the cause. For viruses and bacteria, it can be anywhere from 1-7 days post exposure (or longer depending on the organism). ...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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