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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

Conjunctivitis is 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 the tiny blood vessels in the conjunctiva to dilate, thus leading to a redness of the eye. Depending on the cause of the conjunctitis there can also be itching, irritation, and discharge ...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?

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

Usually 1 - 2 days: Usually 1-2 days if the patient is being treated with antibiotic drops for a bacterial conjunctivitis. Often however the conjunctivitis is from a virus which does not respond to antibiotics (because it is a virus). If that is the case conjunctivitis may last a week. If not getting better go back to doc or see an eye specialist. ...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 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