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Dr. Larry Lutwick
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How long after being exposed do pink eye symptoms appear?

Dr. Larry Lutwick
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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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Pink Eye (Definition)

Pink eye is also known as Conjunctivitis. "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 ...Read more


Dr. William Dieck
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How long after being exposed to pink eye do I get symptoms?

Dr. William Dieck
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.: Tyically 24-48 hours for bacterial conjunctivitis and up to a week for viral. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Wolf
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How long does it take to see symptoms of pink eye after being exposed?

Dr. Thomas Wolf
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How long does it take to see symptoms of pink eye after being exposed?

Quickly: Most viral types within 3-5 days of exposure. Bacterial usually in 1-2 days. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Prall
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How long after you've contacted pink eye do symptoms show?

Dr. Frederick Prall
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How long after you've contacted pink eye do symptoms show?

4-7 days : Usually 4-7 days.

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Dr. Matthew Goren
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Pink eye conjunctivitis how long after infection do symptoms occur?

Dr. Matthew Goren
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Pink eye conjunctivitis how long after infection do symptoms occur?

Variable: It could be from a few days to about a week and a half. ...Read more

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Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia
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How long does it take for pink eye symptoms to occur after somebody sneezes in your face?

Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia
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How long does it take for pink eye symptoms to occur after somebody sneezes in your face?

It may not: Pink eye is usually caused by direct contact with the eye, not by a sneeze. ...Read more

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

Dr. Ilan Cohen
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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. Sandra Lora Cremers
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How long would it take until pink eye symptoms show up?

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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How long would it take until pink eye symptoms show up?

Conjunctivitis: A pink eye can be due to many things. Classically a "pink eye" is due to viral conjunctivitis and can be very contagious with severe itchiness. It can take 12h-3d for sx to appear. The most natural way to treat it is cold ice packs for itchiness; cold tears in refrigerator helps also. If severe an eyemd can rx stronger drops.Ttp://eyedoc2020.Blogspot.Com. ...Read more

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Dr. Ilan Cohen
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How long do symptoms of pink eye take to disappear?

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

Dr. Alvin Lin
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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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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

Conjunctivitis is the swelling or infection of the membrane lining the eyelids and eyeballs. It is usually caused by a virus, but can also be caused by bacteria, allergies, and exposure to certain chemicals. Common symptoms include itchy and red eyes, crusts that form overnight on the ...Read more


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