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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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Severe pink eye 3 wks ago. Eyes dry at night and a little crusty in AM still. How long til it gets better? Can I wear contacts? Makeup?

Severe pink eye 3 wks ago. Eyes dry at night and a little crusty in AM still. How long til it gets better? Can I wear contacts? Makeup?

Pink eye: If you can send a photo that may help us see if you had epidemic keratoconjunctivitis (EKC) and residual scar tissue. Consult with us to determine if it is safe to go back to your contact lenses: depends if you had EKC. ...Read more

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I got pink eye on Saturday morning so that means tomorrow morning it will be 5 days. I barely have symptoms now. Can I wear makeup again tomorrow?

I got pink eye on Saturday morning so that means tomorrow morning it will be 5 days. I barely have symptoms now. Can I wear makeup again tomorrow?

If tolerated: Suggest that you apply only a small amount of makeup to a part of the eye to see if your eyes can tolerate it before putting on the full make-up ...Read more

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When can you start wearing eye makeup after you have had pink eye?

When can you start wearing eye makeup after you have had pink eye?

After: It is reasonable to start wearing makeup after your symptoms resolve. ...Read more

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I wore makeup two days before I noticed pink eye. Should I throw it away?

Probably not: If you have classic pink eye, then it is a viral illness which your body will develop antibodies to. You can then use the make up after you get over the pink eye. Do not share it however and you might consider that in your more intimate moments, that the virus might be on your make up and be spread to others. ...Read more

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After pink eye should you throw away makeup brushes?

After pink eye should you throw away makeup brushes?

Yes!: Any eye makeup that you used around the same time that you had pink eye should be thrown away. ...Read more

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For how long should you wait after getting pink eye to get an eye exam for new glasses?

For how long should you wait after getting pink eye to get an eye exam for new glasses?

Once your eyes feel: Normal (no more tearing, redness, stickiness, discharge), which may be several weeks. ...Read more

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After having conjunctivitis, how long should I wait before putting on eye makeup if I replace it?

After having conjunctivitis, how long should I wait before putting on eye makeup if I replace it?

Conjunctivitis/makeu: If it is infectious conjunctivitis you have to wait till the infection has completely cleared, if the make up was the cause of allergic conjunctivitis than you have to use a different make up after itching and burning is gone. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to wear contacts with pink eye?

How long should I wait to wear contacts with pink eye?

Till it's over: Your doctor should instruct you to stop wearing your contact lenses until your pink eye has completely resolved. Whether viral or bacterial, the critters causing your pink eye can survive on your contacts and reinfect you. Better yet, throw out that pair and start a fresh pair after your pink eye has resolved. But don't start wearing contact lenses again until after your pink eye has resolved. ...Read more

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I woke up with double pink eye with green discharge. Will collodial silver drops help? How long do I wait to see dr?

I woke up with double pink eye with green discharge. Will collodial silver drops help? How long do I wait to see dr?

Best see doc today: Most conjunctivitis ("pink eye") is due to viruses; adenonvirus it the name of one of the common causes. However, "green discharge" is worrisome for a bacterial infection, in which case an antibiotic eyedrop or ointment may be necessary. And even a viral infection may benefit from soothing eyedrops. Colloidal silver isn't likely to help. Call your doctor's office, even though it's the weekend. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to apply cosmetics after getting pink eye?

How long should I wait to apply cosmetics after getting pink eye?

When normal looking: When the eye looks and feels back to normal then that is usually a safe time to resume makeup and contact lens wearing. ...Read more

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How long do I have to wait after pink eye seems cleared up before I can wear contacts? Can I wear them as soon as I don't have any more itchiness from the pink eye, or do I need to wait longer? .

How long do I have to wait after pink eye seems cleared up before I can wear contacts? Can I wear them as soon as I don't have any more itchiness from the pink eye, or do I need to wait longer? .

Once: Once all symptoms of conjunctivits (pink eye) are clear, contact lens wear can usually be resumed. Old contacts, contact lens case, and solution should be discarded to minimize risk of re-infection. Redness, pain, blurred vision, watery or mucous discharge are common symptoms of pink eye. ...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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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