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How Long Is Pink Eye Contagious After Antibiotics Started
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
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
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
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
See Below: Until the eye is no longer red. ...Read more
After exposure how long does it take for pink eye to develop in another person and how long is pink eye contagious?
Depends on the cause: Pink eye or conjunctivitis can be cause by either bacteria or virus and spread to another person is usually by direct hand to face contact so may avoided by good handwashing. Most viral causes are contagious at first sign of a cold and may persist for days to a week or longer. Bacterial causes are usually related to sinus infection and respond quickly to antibiotcs in 1-2 days. ...Read more
As long as: There is a discharge.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Viruses can last: Inrder to infect the sunglasses the person would have to contaminate them with liquid infected with the virus. Viruses are able to survive several days or longer in some instances so it would be best to simply wipe them with a disinfectant cloth. That should kill the virus quickly ...Read more
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
49 days: The most common cause of pink eye is adenovirus. If you have this, studies have shown the virus can survive for up to 49 days on hard surfaces. People tend to still actively shed the virus for a few weeks after the symptoms have gone. Disinfect with lysol and wash your hands frequently during this period. ...Read more
Pink eye: Once the pink eye is fully treated (usually 3-5-7 days) the infection should be eradicated and so long as the hygeine is good there should be no problem. ...Read more
Infection cleared: Throw out contaminated eye make up.Get a more detailed answer ›
How long after using antibiotic eye drows for bacterial pink eye should you wait to wear make up?
I am on my 5th of 7 day of pink eye anitbiotic. My eyes are no longer red but I have 2 days left. Can I start wearing make up on the 7th day?
Pink eye: Pink eye is caused by bacteria and viruses. Actually 70% of pink eye is viral so even if you are taking an antibiotic it is possible you are still infective, usual course about a week. Strict isolation is not necessary, but frequent hand wahing and washing surfaces, countertops etc. Will help prevent spread. ...Read more
Multiple choices: Many topical antibiotics are used regularly, including: sulfacetamide sodium, gentamicin, tobramycin, erythromycin ointment, moxifloxacin, gatifloxacin, trimethoprim-sulfmethoxizole, and so on. Pink-eye may be bacterial, but also can be viral, allergic, or due to another cause. Only a qualified ophthalmologist can tell the right cause and appropriate treatment. See an eyeMD. ...Read more
No: Not a good idea. Wait until the eye clears up, maybe 3-4 days. ...Read more
Started applying antibiotic ointment the second I recognized pink eye. Will this insure a quick recovery?
Can I hold a newborn baby if my pink eye isn't contagious anymore? So, when isn't it contagious anymore?
When white: When the virus is losing the battle, the eye whitens up and the secretions decrease, then you are not shedding virus. Also, you should wash your hands and face thoroughly and wear new clothes. Remember if the parents knew you had pink eye, despite whatever precautions you take, and the child gets it, then who is in the dog house! ...Read more
My boyfriends eye is pink and irritated and three kids had pink eye when he was around but were on antibiotic can he still get it?
Yes he can: Most likely because the pink eye was actually viral and the antibiotics were not able to treat it. There are no treatments for viral infections — it just takes time to go away. He should probably see his doctor or urgent care today or tomorrow to find out if an antibiotic eye drop is necessary. In the meantime — warm compresses and Naphcon-A eye drops. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with pink eye Wednesday. I'm going on 4 days of antibiotic drops. My symptoms have went down much. It isn't as itchy but it is still v?
My co-worker has children that currently have pink-eye. Can my he spread this to the rest of us that share a small office? I really do not want pink eye. But I know it is very contagious, and can spread through contact. Can he unknowingly bring it into ou
Pink eye: To avoid transmitting the pink eye, wash hands frequently, avoid contact with those infected or those with sick contacts. ...Read more
My child has pink eye, which the doctor says is contagious. Is it necessary to wash stuffed animals?
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