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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 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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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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I'm on the third day of using antibiotic eye drops for pink eye and it still looks horrible. Normal to take this long to get better?

I'm on the third day of using antibiotic eye drops for pink eye and it still looks horrible.  Normal to take this long to get better?

Yes.: Pink eye is usually viral and takes it normal run of 10 days. People panic and change drs. The lucky dr sees u on day 7 or 8 and no matter what he or she prescribes you will be well in 48 hrs and the dr. Becomes a hero. Stick with the original doctor call him and let him know how you are progressing. ...Read more

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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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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?

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

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