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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


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How long is pink eye contagious when using an antibiotic?

How long is pink eye contagious when using an antibiotic?

Discharge: You are contagious as long as you have any discharge, even with antibiotic ointment or drops. Don't touch or rub your eyes. Use a tissue to clear away any discharge, throw the tissue away, and wash your hands. When you wash your face and eyes, use a white hand towel to dry then bleach the towel. Change and wash your pillow cases daily. Sanitize your door knobs and purse to help prevent reinfection. ...Read more

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How long is pink eye contagious after starting antibiotic?

How long is pink eye contagious after starting antibiotic?

Viral or bacterial?: If your pink eye issue to a bacterial infection, you should no longer be considered contagious after 24-48 hours after starting the antibiotic drops. If, however, your pink eye is due to viral infection, you are likely to be contagious for as long as you are having symptoms. ...Read more

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How long after starting antibiotic is pink eye contagious ?

How long after starting antibiotic is pink eye contagious ?

10-14 days: Use of antibiotics does not shorten the contagious stage, the drops shorten the time you have to deal with goopy eyes. ...Read more

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If im using antibiotic ointment for pink eye is it still contagious?

If im using antibiotic ointment for pink eye is it still contagious?

Yes! Highly so.: You are contagious as long as you have any discharge, even with antibiotic ointment or drops. Don't touch or rub your eyes. Use a tissue to clear away any discharge, throw the tissue away, and wash your hands. When you wash your face and eyes, use a white hand towel to dry then bleach the towel. Change and wash your pillow cases daily. Sanitize your door knobs and purse to help prevent reinfection. ...Read more

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How long is conjunctivitis contagious for on clothing and can it be transferred from garment to garment?

How long is conjunctivitis contagious for on clothing and can it be transferred from garment to garment?

Conjunctivitis: Depends on cause. Both bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are highly contagious and spread by direct contact with infected eye secretions, or contact with objects or surfaces that have been contaminated with these eye secretions. If allergic, no worry. Thorough washing of these inanimate objects should resolve the issue. Some bacteria may remain on material for days to weeks. ...Read more

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Do I have blepharitis or conjunctivitis? Does it matter which if I get antibiotics?

Do I have blepharitis or conjunctivitis? Does it matter which if I get antibiotics?

Blepharitis: Antibiotics don't work for allergic conjuctivitis but they may help blepharitis or infectious conjunctivitis. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more