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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the thin mucous membrane that lines the front surface of the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids. As the inflammation increases, it causes tiny blood vessels to dilate, thus leading to a ...Read more


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If you have the symptoms of conjunctivitis how long does it take to clear up?

If you have the symptoms of conjunctivitis how long does it take to clear up?

Depends on cause!: Conjuctivitis can be allergy related, infectious (viral or chlamydial), or autoimmune (associated with a number of types of arthritis), such as spondylitis. The allergic one can be treated with histamine blockers and singulair (montelukast). Viral goes away in short order. Doxycyline or zithromax for chlamydia. The arthritis will last the longest and requires treatment of the underlying disease. ...Read more

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How long does it take for pinkeye (aka conjunctivitis) to go away?

How long does it take for pinkeye (aka conjunctivitis) to go away?

Conjunctivitis: Bacterial conjunctivitis usually takes 24 to 48 hours to clear but the antibiotic has to be used for 5 to 7 days. Viral conjunctivitis takes longer - 1-2 weeks or longer. Allergic conjunctivitis lasts as long as the allergens are present. ...Read more

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How long does it take to show signs of cure for conjunctivitis?

3-8 days: Most conjunctivitis is viral in origin and the body's defenses will organize and defeat the virus in 3-8 days for most kinds. You will notice a lessening of symptoms especially discharge, irritation and redness. You are infectious until the symptoms start to diminish. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the redness to go down if you had conjunctivitis?

How long does it take for the redness to go down if you had conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: Depends on a cuase. Allergies might persist until avoidance or proper treatment. Bacteria 2 or 3 days with treatment. Virus usually 7-10 days. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get rid of conjunctivitis when treating it with vigamox?

How long does it take to get rid of conjunctivitis when treating it with vigamox?

Depends: It depends on the cause of the conjunctivitis. Bacterial conjunctivitis due to an organism susceptible to vigamox should clear up in a few days. However, viral conjuctivitis, often confused with bacterial conjunctivitis, can take as long as 2 weeks. ...Read more

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How long before bacterial conjunctivitis clears up?

Within a few days: Most of bacterial conjunctivitis are cleared up within a few days with proper antibiotic eye drops. ...Read more

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Dear doctor, How long does conjunctivitis take to heal with MOXIFLOXACIN drops and chloramphenicol ointment.?

Dear doctor, How long does conjunctivitis take to heal with MOXIFLOXACIN drops and chloramphenicol ointment.?

Depends: If it s a vral Conjuntivitis, 1-2 weeks (even on the antibiotic drops). If its Bacterial, the above meds should work within a few days. ...Read more

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How long does it generally take for conjunctivitis to heal once you have started eye drops?

How long does it generally take for conjunctivitis to heal once you have started eye drops?

Conjunctivitis: Viral conjunctivitis can often take up to two weeks to heal and is unresponsive to antibiotics. The body's immune system builds up resistance to the virus and fights it off. Bacterial conjunctivitis often responds within a week to antibiotics. ...Read more

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How can I quickly clear conjunctivitis?

Eye drops: Quickest way is with antibiotics eye drops. You need a visit for that. Other things that can help: colloidal silver rinse., homeopathic pulsatilla, air tea (www. Franzcenter. Com).
Quickest: antibiotic eye drops. ...Read more

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How long does conjunctivitis tend to last?

How long does conjunctivitis tend to last?

4-7 days: Occasionally longer than that. If not better in a week, see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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How long do I need to treat conjunctivitis for?

Depends: If viral, it will usually last 2wks and will resolve. Bacterial conjunctivitis needs to be treated with antibiotics for 7-10 days depending on bug, sometimes longer. Allergic conjunctivitis can be seasonal and needs to be treat longer; same for vernal conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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How long is eurythromyacin used to treat conjunctivitis?

How long is eurythromyacin used to treat conjunctivitis?

5 days: Erythromycin ointment is often used three to four times a day, for a five day course. ...Read more

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How long until I get relief from conjunctivitis after taking meds?

Depends: Usually conjunctivitis can last from 1 - 3 weeks. It all depends on the severety of the case. Try to be patient, keep using your eyedrops, and let the virus run its course. You will get better soon. ...Read more

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How long does conjunctivitis last and can it get better on its own?

How long does conjunctivitis last and can it get better on its own?

Depends: Conjunctivitis can be caused by a virus, bacteria, irritant or allergen. Depending on the cause, the duration of symptoms can vary and the treatment may need the direction of a physician. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how much time does it take to show signs of conjunctivitis?

Can you tell me how much time does it take to show signs of conjunctivitis?

Cause: Depends on the cause. Usually 3-5 days. But can be as soon as minutes depending on the cause. ...Read more

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How long does allergic conjunctivitis last?

How long does allergic conjunctivitis last?

Last: Allergic conjuntivitis is a chronic condition. You can have it for life. It is best treated with antihistamine eye drop medication and avoiding the allergen. ...Read more

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What is good to take care of vernal conjunctivitis?

What is good to take care of vernal conjunctivitis?

Steroids: Vernal keratoconjunctivitis is a severe allergic reaction that almost always requires steroid treatment. Typical treatment is high dose (4x a day) for 2 weeks, and then a gradual taper. This can be maintained with daily antihistamine eyedrops. ...Read more

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After having conjunctivitis, how long should I wait before putting on makeup?

After having conjunctivitis, how long should I wait before putting on makeup?

At least one week: You should wait until the virus runs it course, this is usually 1 week. I also suggest that you may want to throw away your old eye makeup and start with a new supply when the conjunctivitis is resolved. ...Read more

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How long does increased tearing associated with conjunctivitis last?

How long does increased tearing associated with conjunctivitis last?

Varies: The eye secretes extra tears to flush out the products of the conjunctivitis. These may enter the nose and cause excess nasal secretion. The time of tear excess runs parallel with the course of the infection usually 3-8 days and varies also with the individual response. ...Read more

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For how long can conjunctivitis that does not require antibiotics last?

1-3 weeks: Viral conjunctivitis can last up to 3 weeks in cases of adenovirus and coxsackie. ...Read more

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Have conjunctivitis wit three weeks not clearing up, and im on steroids. Wat can I do?

Have conjunctivitis wit three weeks not clearing up, and im on steroids. Wat can I do?

Change course: Long term steroid use without a benefit needs to be seriously re examined. Multiple causes of red eye are possible and a different diagnosis needs to be considered ...Read more

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How long should I wait before I start putting on cosmetics after having conjunctivitis?

Allergic vs Infectio: Conjunctivitis could be due to allergic reaction or due to infectious causes that may include virus or bacteria most often and less often due to other causes such as fungal or parasitic. Depending on the cause, you may be able to use cosmetics as long as they are not the culprit of your conjunctivitis. Generally, few days after the resolution of infectious conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to take (collyre visquex fucithalmic due to conjunctivitis) if I have taken marijuanna less then 10 times in my life?

Is it dangerous to take (collyre visquex fucithalmic due to conjunctivitis) if I have taken marijuanna less then 10 times in my life?

No: If you are not using marijuana now, there is no reason you cannot use a prescribed medication from your doctor. Be sure you are always honest with your doctor about all of your recreational drug usage -- even if they don"t ask, you should offer the info. We are trained to ask everyone all of the time, and then we forget, or think it's embarassing, or think we can guess by looking.
Gl and be well. ...Read more

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How long is conjunctivitis contagious for on clothing and can it be transferred from garment to garment?

Conjunctivitis: Depends on cause. Both bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are highly contagious and spread by direct contact with infected eye secretions, or contact with objects or surfaces that have been contaminated with these eye secretions. If allergic, no worry. Thorough washing of these inanimate objects should resolve the issue. Some bacteria may remain on material for days to weeks. ...Read more