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How long does it take pink eye to go away?

How long does it take pink eye to go away?

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 more

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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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


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How long does it take to develop pink eye?

How long does it take to develop pink eye?

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

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How long does it take for pink eye to spread?

How long does it take for pink eye to spread?

Not long: Pink eye is highly contagious and can spread quickly. You need to see your doc and get treated right away. In the mean time, make sure to wash your hands frequently. ...Read more

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How long does it take for pink eye to appear?

How long does it take for pink eye to appear?

Depends: I think you are asking how long it takes to have symptoms after you are exposed to an infectious source. For bacterial conjunctivitis one to three days. Viral conjunctivitis can take up to a week. ...Read more

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For how long does it take for pink eye to spread?

For how long does it take for pink eye to spread?

Conjunctivitis: Viral conjunctivitis is very contagious often for 10-12 days depending on the virus. Protect others by washing your hands, avoid contact, sharing towels, avoid rubbing your eyes. ...Read more

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For how long does it take pink eye to look better?

Infectious-1-2 days: If your pink eye is bacterial, 1-2 days of antiobiotic treatment should make the eye look better. Viral, chemical, and allergic "pink eyes" can have symptoms last 1-2 weeks, or in the case of allery, as long as the allergin is present. ...Read more

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How long does it take for pink eye to go away by itself?

How long does it take for pink eye to go away by itself?

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 more

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How long does it take to get pink eye after being exposed to it?

How long does it take to get pink eye after being exposed to it?

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 more

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

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

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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After exposure how long does it take for pink eye to develop in another person and how long is pink eye contagious?

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

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How long does it take to get rid of pink eye?

How long does it take to get rid of pink eye?

Depends: Viral-- up to a couple of weeks.

Bacterial-- a couple of days if treated

allergic-- can be chronic. ...Read more

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How long do symptoms of pink eye take to disappear?

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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How long should it take my eye to heal from pink eye?

4-10 days: Most pinkeye will run its course in 4-10 days. ...Read more

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How long willit usually take for pink eye to go away?

How long willit usually take for pink eye to go away?

Pink eye: Symptoms of conjunctivitis with good care usually takes 3-4 days to heal. If persist, contact your doc. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for pink eye to go away?

Pink eye: Normal pink eye due to a virus runs its course in 1-2 weeks. The duration due to other issues varies significantly. See an eye doctor. ...Read more

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