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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


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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?

It Depends: If the pink eye is caused by bacteria and the drops have effective antibiotics, then it is thought 24-48 hrs eliminates the contagion. Since the drops are ineffective for viral pink eye, as long as the eye is red, the infection is probably contagious. ...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

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Is conjunctivitis contagious?

Is conjunctivitis contagious?

Depends: The famous "pink eye". Conjunctivitis can be due to allergies, virus, bacteria, chemical, foreign objects, lashes, dust, splinters, trauma to the eye etc. Of course, it is contagious if cause is virus or bacteria. Need immediate treatment and good handwashing. ...Read more

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Is conjunctivitis contagious?

Can be: Depends on the type. Pink eye (viral) is highly contagious and necessitates good hygiene during treatment. ...Read more

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Conjunctivitis--is it always contagious?

Conjunctivitis--is it always contagious?

Bacterial yes: Bacterial conjunctivitis is contagious. Viral usually is not. Allergic is not. ...Read more

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Can my bacterial conjunctivitis become resistant to antibiotics?

Can my bacterial conjunctivitis become resistant to antibiotics?

Absolutely: Many strains of bacteria that cause conjunctivitis are resistant to common antibiotics. However, bacterial conjunctivitis will almost always go away on it's own without treatment. ...Read more

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Is bacterial conjunctivitis more contagious than viral conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: No, viral conjunctivitis is more contagious than bacterial conjunctivitis. Bacterial conjunctivitis tends not to be contagious unless the surface of the eye is damaged. ...Read more

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How contagious is viral conjunctivitis in comparison to bacterial conjunctivitis?

How contagious is viral conjunctivitis in comparison to bacterial conjunctivitis?

Infections of the: Conjunctiva, whether by virus or bacteria, are usually transmitted by direct contact. The infectious agent is not aerosolized thus it is is transported by either fluid or mucous. ...Read more

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Can I get antibiotic for bacterial conjunctivitis over the phone?

Can I get antibiotic for bacterial conjunctivitis over the phone?

Depends on your doc: It's taking a chance diagnosing over the phone. You could get it wrong and treat it improperly. If your doctor has seen you for this multiple times and your symptoms are exactly the same then they may consider it. ...Read more

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How many days before the symptoms of conjunctivitis/pink eye start is it contagious?

How many days before the symptoms of conjunctivitis/pink eye start is it contagious?

Varies: Bacterial pink eye is usually pretty fast. Your eye comes in contact with the germ, it grows, and you have symptoms. Viruses can incubate for days, weeks, or months before symptoms begin. Allergies begin when you are exposed to the substance to which you are allergic. Bacteria and viruses are contagious. Allergies are not. ...Read more

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What happens when you apply antibiotics eye ointment on viral conjunctivitis?

It soothes: The eye. Antibiotics have no effect on viral conjunctivitis. However the ointment can soothe the irritated. Over-the-counter ointments work just as well for this. ...Read more

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When taking antibiotic and steroid eye gtts for conjunctivitis, when should I stop taking them? I have a little redness but minimal pain.

When taking antibiotic and steroid eye gtts for conjunctivitis, when should I stop taking them? I have a little redness but minimal pain.

Be careful: Just make sure a qualified md is involved. Viral infections by far cause most cases of conjunctivitis and steroids can be very harmful to the cornea. This is not to say the treatment is inappropriate. But caution is advised. ...Read more

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Can I get antibiotics for bacterial conjunctivitis over the counter?

Not in the USA: Antibiotic eye drops can only be obtained by a perscription from your doctor. ...Read more

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I had conjunctivitis & have been off the antibiotics for 10 days. I wake up with painful eyes which last all day and it hurts to cry. Eyes look fine.

I had conjunctivitis & have been off the antibiotics for 10 days. I wake up with painful eyes which last all day and it hurts to cry. Eyes look fine.

?? dryness: Your symptoms may be due to dryness. In cold weather the evaporation rate increases and may cause symptoms. Try a humidifier at night and use artificial teat drops at least 3 times a day. If symptoms don't improve get reexamined ...Read more

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What happens when you apply antibiotics eye ointment on viral conjunctivitis (pink eye)?

No improvement: Viral conjunctivitis doesn't respond to antibiotics. If you apply antibiotic ointment when there's a viral infection, the pink eye will remain pink & will only improve with time. Cool compresses may help. The risk of using antibiotics in the eye when not necessary include: possible allergic reaction (eye may get redder/swollen) & possibly developing resistance to that antibiotic in the future. ...Read more

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Why would lubricant eye drops be recommended for conjunctivitis? Was given antibiotics (vigamox) helped for a few days, now given lubricant drops?

Treat the symptoms: Most cases of conjunctivitis do not need antibiotic treatment. So treatment of the symptoms with artificial tears or allergy drops is often all that is needed until the body gets rid of the infection. ...Read more

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I have bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye), I have antibiotic drops for it and I am applying every two hours. When can I wear eye make up?

I have bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye), I have antibiotic drops for it and I am applying every two hours. When can I wear eye make up?

After treatment: The best thing is to wait until the infection is completely clear, and the antibiotics are finished. You may need to replace your eye make up as well. If you were using it when you got the infection, bacteria may have contaminated the eye make-up. Using it again may re-infect your eyes. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

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