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How Long After Being Exposed Do Pink Eye Symptoms Appear
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
Depends : If bacterial some can be acute or very rapid, viral cause also varies. ...Read more
Quickly: Most viral types within 3-5 days of exposure. Bacterial usually in 1-2 days. ...Read more
4-7 days : Usually 4-7 days.Get a more detailed answer ›
Variable: Many people get a flu like illness 3-4 weeks after the initial infection. Then there is a variable period of asymptomatic infection and then some years later the person can have many symptoms due to infections, tumors, and the syndrome of aids. Not all patient have the initial flu like illness and unless tested, may have no symptoms for years. ...Read more
After exposure how long does it take for pink eye to develop in another person and how long is pink eye contagious?
Depends on the cause: Pink eye or conjunctivitis can be cause by either bacteria or virus and spread to another person is usually by direct hand to face contact so may possibly avoided by good handwashing. Most viral causes are contagious at first sign of a cold and may persist for days to a week or longer. Bacterial causes are usually related to sinus infection and respond quickly to antibiotcs in 1-2 days. ...Read more
Variable: usually 24-48 hours, but sometimes shorter, sometimes longer. Communicable for up to 3 days AFTER symptoms resolve! ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
As fast as a cold: "pink eye" generally describes an eye infection caused by the common cold virus. It is the same disease, just infecting a different part of the body. Similarly to the common cold, it is contagious, and typically starts within hours to a few days after contact with an infected person. Once the virus takes hold on the eye, it can last between 7-14 days, or longer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Herpes in Eye: Herpes Simplex Virus and Herpes Zoster Virus can affect the cornea which can lead to pain, redness, decreased vision. If usually happens many days after the start of a skin lesion. Most patients with skin manifestations do not get eye involvement. If the tip of the nose is infected, or if you have any eye irritation with an outbreak, see your eyeMD: microscope can evaluate the cornea. ...Read more
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
Pink eye: Pink eye is caused by bacteria and viruses. Actually 70% of pink eye is viral so even if you are taking an antibiotic it is possible you are still infective, usual course about a week. Strict isolation is not necessary, but frequent hand wahing and washing surfaces, countertops etc. Will help prevent spread. ...Read more
See below: Incubation period for influenza a & b averages 2 days (range 1-4 days). Avian flu (h5n1) incubation depends upon whether exposed to infected bird (less than 7 days) or to infected human (generally 3-5 days). Immunization with influenza vaccine &/or h5n1 vaccine is best preventive if you work in or travel to areas of high exposure risk. ...Read more
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