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How Long Does It Take To Catch Pink Eye
Usually 2-3 weeks: Pink eye or viral conjunctivitis is usually an acute condition caused by adenovirus (like the common cold). Most cases will resolve in a few weeks but some can be prolonged. There are many other causes of conjunctivitis so any additional or more severe symptoms should be examined by your eye doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Depends: Depends on cause. Viral can be 7-21 days. If it is due to dry eyes, it may not go away until you treat the underlying condition. You need to be examined to determine cause and treatment. You will then have a better idea of how long it will take to resolve or if you need treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
2-5 days: Most of what is called pink eye is due to viral infections which take 2=5 days to cause an eye infection that is obvious. Pink eye is common in children but occurs in epidemic form in adults. It is usually self limiting but can be relieved in part if you let your ophthalmologist see it. ...Read more
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
Quickly: Most viral types within 3-5 days of exposure. Bacterial usually in 1-2 days. ...Read more
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