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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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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 is an eye infection contagious after starting antibiotic drops?

How long is an eye infection contagious after starting antibiotic drops?

Depends: If the infection is caused by bacteria, you might see improvement and decreased contagion in a day. If the eye infection is viral, the antibiotic drops won't change the status of contagion at all. ...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 does it take for bacterial contagious pinkeye to be gone, while using antibiotic eyedrops?

How long does it take for bacterial contagious pinkeye to be gone, while using antibiotic eyedrops?

Conjunctivitis: Antibiotic eye drops for "pink eye" or conjunctivitis are usually prescribed for a total of 7 days. However, complete improvement can be seen as early as 2 to 3 days after the start of antibiotics. ...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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After exposure how long does it take for pink eye to develop in another person and how long is pink eye contagious?

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 possibly 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

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Is erythromycin oinment for pink eye safe to use while nursing? Also if i don't use an antibiotic for bacterial pink eye will it go away?

Is erythromycin oinment for pink eye safe to use  while nursing? Also if i don't use an antibiotic for bacterial pink eye will it go away?

Safe yes: Ointment is a little over kill, drops work just as well and do not blur the vision. Pink eye is self limited, meaning that without treatment it will resolve in 2 weeks. Treatment is given to shorten the course of infection. ...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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Can I use eye drops to treat the redness from pink eye? I'm using an antibiotic cream from my doctor to cure my pink eye, but it doesn't treat the redness. Is it safe to use visine or something similar to make my eyes less bloodshot? .

Can I use eye drops to treat the redness from pink eye? I'm using an antibiotic cream from my doctor to cure my pink eye, but it doesn't treat the redness. Is it safe to use visine or something similar to make my eyes less bloodshot?

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During : During the course of response to an infection the eyes will become red from dilated blood vessels responding to the inciting agent. Any use of drops to get rid of the red may at times irritate and burn the eye more on application and may have a contra-effect. I recommend using less irritating preservative-free artificial tears such as refresh to help improve the redness. This will be a slow but less irritating process. ...Read more

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How soon after taking medicine will I not be contagious from pink eye?

How soon after taking medicine will I not be contagious from pink eye?

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

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Is it possible for me to wear my contacts while using antibiotic eye drops?

Is it possible for me to wear my contacts while using antibiotic eye drops?

Probably not: We always recommend that any patient with an active eye infect not wear any contact lenses while on rx. ...Read more

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Is erythromycin ointment safe for someone who is allergic to keflex/penicillin? Also, if using for eye infection/stye, do I apply it inside my eye?

Is erythromycin ointment safe for someone who is allergic to keflex/penicillin? Also, if using for eye infection/stye, do I apply it inside my eye?

Yes and probably: Erythromycin is a macrolide antibiotic. It is not related to the penecillins nor cephalosporins to which you had allergies. There should be no cross reactivity. The standard treatment for stye is heat and compression (squeezing) then surgical incision and drainage if initial therapy is unsuccessful. If a patient has an eye infection with discharge, the antibiotic ointment goes inside the eyelid. ...Read more

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How long is pink eye contagious for if you have in both eyes?

When eye is red: Your body can shed virus as long as the eye is red, getting redder or stays at peak redness. Once it starts to fade, then the bodies defenses have started to win the battle and you now longer are shedding virus. ...Read more

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I have a corneal abrasion and my eye is really really red. I'm using erythromycin ophthalmic oint. How long should it take for the redness to go away?

I have a corneal abrasion and my eye is really really red. I'm using erythromycin ophthalmic oint. How long should it take for the redness to go away?

A few days: It usually starts feeling and looking better in 2-3 days. Be sure to follow up with your doc if not looking better by then or earlier if the symptoms worsen or the vision becomes effected. Eyes are precious and you need to be extra cautious with them. ...Read more

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I got conjunctivitis(not severe,just beginning), how long would it be until the redness goes away on trimethoprim polymyxin B ophthalmic eye drops. ?

I got conjunctivitis(not severe,just beginning), how long would it be until the redness goes away on trimethoprim polymyxin B ophthalmic eye drops. ?

CONJUNCTIVITIS : Conjunctivitis is very contagious with your symptoms it sounds more bacterial than allergic . Redness tends to resolve in 1-3dys. You can add in ZYRTEC (cetirizine) &PATANOL DROPS to cover any allergic component. ...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


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