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How long does the pink eye bacteria live?

How long does the pink eye bacteria live?

Pink eye: Most pink eyes are caused by viruses with a lifespan of 3 to 10 days. Bacterial infections in adults usually follow trauma and surgery. If bacterial, the infection usually can be overcome in 3-6 days with antibiotic therapy. If present beyond this time, revisit your ophthalmologist to assess. ...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 after using antibiotic eye drows for bacterial pink eye should you wait to wear make up?

How long after using antibiotic eye drows for bacterial pink eye should you wait to wear make up?

After you stop drops: Finish the course of antibiotic drops as prescribed. If your symptoms are gone at that point, you can wear makeup. You may want to consider buying new makeup, since that may have been the source! ...Read more

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I'm a little obsessed with pink eye, can i get pink eye in my home? with my own or enviroment's bacteria/virus?

I'm a little obsessed with pink eye, can i get pink eye in my home? with my own or enviroment's bacteria/virus?

Wastebasket term: You can develop pinkeye from a virus or bacteria.You can also have pinkeye from allergies, exposure to chemical irritants, smoke, etc. The term is a general one for anything that makes your normal eye linings inflamed.It is most commonly applied to bacterial or viral infections. ...Read more

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Bacterias present in Cover Ear Headphones, can cause pink eye, if make contact with the ear skin in a pillow and then the eyes for example?

Bacterias present in Cover Ear Headphones, can cause pink eye, if make contact with the ear skin in a pillow and then the eyes for example?

Yes and not always: Germs that may or may not cause a variety of problems are present on any surface that comes in contact with human skin.There are enzymes in the tears that suppress germ invasion of those spaces. Bacterial or viral pinkeye are caused when the living germs access that surface and multiplies. It usually transfers from fingers but can invade from air or the nasal passages up the tear duct. ...Read more

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Can bacterias of my face (if i touch my face with hands dirty) pass to my pillow, than pass to my eye, and cause Pink Eye?

Can bacterias of my face (if i touch my face with hands dirty) pass to my pillow, than pass to my eye, and cause Pink Eye?

No: The microbial environmental material ordinarily on your face constantly enters your eye and you are resistant or immune to that. Pink eye is due to viral transmission by direct contact from another individual with the active disease. ...Read more

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Will bacterial pink eye go away on it's own?

Will bacterial pink eye go away on it's own?

Maybe: Majority of 'pinkeye' in adults is viral, like a cold, and often will go away on it's own. Bacterial pinkeye may go away on its own but often requires treatment so it gets better quicker and prevents further problems. See your eye md for examination and treatment recommendations. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have allergic pink eye or bacterial pink eye?

How do I know if I have allergic pink eye or bacterial pink eye?

Allergic pink eye: Usually has less redness than pink eye from an infection. In addition, allergies almost always cause itching, which is not common with infection. In addition, bacterial pink eye causes thick drainage, while allergies cause tearing. ...Read more

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What would you suggest I do to cure a bacterial pink eye at home?

Tea bags: Damp tea bags of flower teas like chamomile, and even black tea bags, can treat the surface of the eyes naturally and with little risk. Avoid plain water, but rather, use saline or eye wash to rinse your eyes, bacterial conjunctivitis is not nearly as contagious as viral conjunctivitis. Antibiotic drops are the preferred medical treatment for bacterial conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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I just got diagnosed with bacterial pink eye. Is it ok for me to cook?

Yes: As always when you cook, you should wash your hands thoroughly before you begin. If, for any reason, you touch your eyes during cooking, wash your hands again. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have viral or bacterial pink eye?

How can I tell if I have viral or bacterial pink eye?

Symptoms: In adults without a history of surgery or trauma, by far the most common infections are viral causing redness, itching, clear-sticky discharge and commonly are bilateral. Bacterial infectious is more flagrant, frequently drops the vision, has pus and much swelling, and commonly is painful. Your ophthalmologist can sort this out for you. ...Read more

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How avoid 100% or almost pink eye(viral and bacterial)?

No immunity: Careful hygiene, hand washing and avoid infected contacts. No proven way to prevent it. ...Read more

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What type of pink eye do I have? Viral or bacterial, but how do you tell the difference?

What type of pink eye do I have? Viral or bacterial, but how do you tell the difference?

Viral: Traditionally "pink eye" is a viral infection and it is highly contagious. You should wash your hands frequently and use a hand sanitizer. You can be contagious for 10-14 days after contracting the virus and can reinfect yourself if you are not careful. Viral infections usually produce "watery" discharge whereas a bacterial infection produces "pus". See your eye doctor for the diagnosis. ...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


Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more