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How long does pink eye usually last?

How long does pink eye usually last?

3-5 days: Non bacterial conjunctivitis, commonly gets better without meds and local treatment with compresses and avoiding triggers. 3-5 days on average. ...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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For how long does pink eye usually last with/without antibiotics?

For how long does pink eye usually last with/without antibiotics?

PInk eye: Lasts about a week if you treat it with antibiotics and about 7 days if you don't treat it. ...Read more

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I wish to know how long does pink eye last?

I wish to know how long does pink eye last?

A week: Viral infection which causes pink eye run their course over 7 days. There is no specific cure. Only adjunctive supportive therapy is advocated. ...Read more

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How long does pink eye associated with conjunctivitis last?

How long does pink eye associated with conjunctivitis last?

Bacterial Course: Conjunctivis caused by bacteria can cause thick drainage from eye. With use of antibiotic drop, drainage clears within 72 hrs and eye redness may continue 7-10 days with gradual improvement. After using eyedrops for 24 hours, and if pus is minimal, children can return to day care or school. ...Read more

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How long does pink eye germs last on stuffed animals?

How long does pink eye germs last on stuffed animals?

Depends on the germs: Pink eye can be caused by a variety of germs, including various viruses and bacteria. If your kiddo has pink eye and likes to snuggle stuffed animals, it'd be a good idea to make sure the stuffed animals were given a thorough cleaning once the pink eye is cleared up. ...Read more

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How long does pink eye last with treatment?

How long does pink eye last with treatment?

3-10 days: Almost all "pink eye" is due to one of 40 or so viruses. Each one has a time frame which varies from 3-10 days, so yours will take the amount of time in which it is a member. Treatment has no actual effect; most with this condition are given anti-bacterials as there is no specific anti-viral for these viruses, so treatment makes no difference. ...Read more

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How long would pink eye last?

How long would pink eye last?

Up to 7-10 dyays: Most uncomplicated "pink eye" is self limiting. Persistence mandates evaluation and focused treatment. ...Read more

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How long should light sensitivity during pink eye last?

How long should light sensitivity during pink eye last?

Pink eye: Depends on the cause of the pink eye. One should really be examined by either an ophthalmologist or an optometrist for pink eye. ...Read more

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I have blurred vision from pink eye. How long will it last and how often to get rechecked?

I have blurred vision from pink eye. How long will it last and how often to get rechecked?

Varies.: Blurred vision from a mucopurulent bacterial discharge will usually improve in 2-3 days. A viral conjunctivitis with corneal infiltrates can potentially impair the vision for many months. ...Read more

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I have blurred vision after last week's pink eye. How long will it last and what can I do to help it?

I have blurred vision after last week's pink eye. How long will it last and what can I do to help it?

Can't say: Likely is ekc which leaves little opacities in the cornea which can affect vision and can last for months. Or, you still may have some mucus in your eyes. You need to see an ophthalmologist if your vision not normal. ...Read more

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What to do if I have blurred vision from pink eye. How long will it last and what can I do to help it?

What to do if I have blurred vision from pink eye. How long will it last and what can I do to help it?

Depends: If you have classic adult pink eye, which is viral, then you most likely have one of the viruses lasting 3-10 days with complete resolution. If you have one of the less common viruses which also cause immune deposits on the cornea (ekc) it might last longer and require short to long term topical steroids. The other type does not respond to antibiotics. Your ophthalmologist can diagnosis / treat. ...Read more

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How long will viral pink eye last? It started in left eye on day 1 and spread to right eye on day 3. Currently on day 5 and both eyes are infected

How long will viral pink eye last? It started in left eye on day 1 and spread to right eye on day 3. Currently on day 5 and both eyes are infected

Secondary infection: Usually viral pink eye resolves in a couple of days. You might have a secondary bacterial infection. You may need antibacterial eye drops to clear the infection. ...Read more

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Ophthalmologist suspects pink eye. Is it normal to have blurry vision in the infected eye? How long will it last? A little concerned.

Ophthalmologist suspects pink eye. Is it normal to have blurry vision in the infected eye? How long will it last? A little concerned.

A few days: Blurred vision should not last more than a few days. As pink eye gets better it should improve. If not check with ophthalmologist ...Read more

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If I used polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) in eye last month and got pink eye again this month I used polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) again would that be considered prolonged use?

If I used polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) in eye last month and got pink eye again this month I used polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) again would that be considered prolonged use?

No: However, recurrent eye infections should make you wonder why this is happening. If you are a contact lens user, perhaps there is a problem with your lens hygiene. Also, this time of year allergic conjunctivitis is common and can simulate or bring on infection. Finally, be sure to clean your eyelashes and lids daily with a washcloth and warm water. ...Read more

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What's the best for pink eye, fever, sore throat and a runny nose? How long will this last? Whats the illness called?

What's the best for pink eye, fever, sore throat and a runny nose? How long will this last? Whats the illness called?

Few possibilities.: By your description, this could be allergies, viral throat infection or bacterial sinus infection, at least. Your best bet would be to seek a consultation with one of us here on HealthTap to go over your plight more specifically. We may be able to offer you some advice, or even a useful treatment. ...Read more

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How long does pink eye live on surfaces?

48 hours: "pink eye" is caused by a virus, which can only live inside cells. Surfaces, if dry, will have no viral replication after 48 hours. ...Read more

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How long does pink eye remain contagious?

Until the eye clears: Antibiotics are usually prescribed for pink eye, but many cases are viral which is not affected by antibiotics. Therefore, it is best to wait until the eye discharge has resolved before sending a child back to school. Adults can return to work within a few days. Hand hygiene is always important as many cases of pink eye (conjunctivitis) are transmitted by hand contact. ...Read more

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How long until pink eye goes away?

Could be 1-2 weeks: It's similar to the upper respiratory cold infection. It usually goes away in 5-10 days but it may linger around for a while. Cold compressors and artificial tears will help. ...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