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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 many days do I have to stay home from school if I have pink eye?

How many days do I have to stay home from school if I have pink eye?

Until it is gone: Pink eye, or epidemic keratoconjunctivitis, is the most contagious condition known. It is casued by the cold virus, and as you may know, once one person gets a cold, everyone with close contact will get it as well. Similarly, as long as you have symptoms of pink eye (red, irritated, with tearing) you are contagious and can easily pass it along. Wait until all symptoms are gone before going back. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will I have to stay home from school with pink eye?

Can someone tell me how long will I have to stay home from school with pink eye?

Depends: Most "pinkeye" or conjunctivitis is actually viral, so antibiotic eye drops are usually not effective. Viral conjunctivitis tends to run its course in 7-10 days. It can be very contagious, spreading from one eye to the other or to other people. Hand washing is essential. To be certain it is not a more serious bacterial or fungal infection, you should see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Do I have to stay home from school tomorrow because I have conjunctivitis (pink eye)?

Do I have to stay home from school tomorrow because I have conjunctivitis (pink eye)?

School rules!?: Depends on school rules. Some make you stay home until you've taken antibiotics for at least 1 day. Doesn't make sense since most pink eye is caused by viruses, which antibiotics don't treat. But school rules are rules. Otherwise, you can go to school. You're contagious as long as your eyes are goopy or you cough/sneeze. Be nice. Cover your mouth/nose. Wash hands. A lot. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pink eye and my mom won't let me stay home from school?

What to do if I have pink eye and my mom won't let me stay home from school?

Get eyedrops: Usually using eye drops with antibiotics clears it up pretty quickly. ...Read more

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Once you get pink eye, how long should I stay home before going back to school?

Once you get pink eye, how long should I stay home before going back to school?

Pink eye: Bacterial conjunctivitis can be appropriately treated with antibiotic eye drops or eye ointment. I usually recommend keeping the child home until he has received 24 hr to 48 hr of antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is it okay that I go to school with pink eye?

Is it okay that I go to school with pink eye?

The school probably: Won't think so — due too potential to spread bacterial and viral pink eye. ...Read more

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If I am returning to school with pink eye, when is it ok to go off meds?

If I am returning to school with pink eye, when is it ok to go off meds?

2-3 weeks: Usually pink eye or viral conjunctivitis is a self limited infection that clears up in 2-3 weeks. Most medications are supportive and are used during the period of a few weeks. It is considered most infections for the first week. Check with your doctor as they should give you instructions on when to stop the medications. ...Read more

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I have pink eye should I go to school?

I have pink eye should I go to school?

Generally no.: Each school has its own policy regarding return to school with pink eye and usually recommend Rx for the least 24 hours due to its contagious nature. Pink eye generally refers to infectious conjunctivitis, which could be viral or bacterial, and when the eye is itchy, it is easy to transmit germs by hand contact. ...Read more

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How long after you start treating a 2nd grader with pink eye before he can return to school?

How long after you start treating a 2nd grader with pink eye before he can return to school?

Depends: What is the cause of the "pink eye"? If viral, then once the redness, itching and soreness disappear. If bacterial, it should be less transmissible after beginning antibacterial eyedrops. ...Read more

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My child is 12 years old and has pink eye. Does she need to stay away from school?

My child is 12 years old and has pink eye.  Does she need to stay away from school?

Pink eye: A child diagnosed with pink eye or bacterial conjunctivitis needs to remain home till 24 hours of antibacterial eye drops. After 24 hours of medication the child will not be contagious and can return to school. During those first 24 hours of treatment at home avoid having the child use a towel or wash cloth that somebody else will use. Handwashing decreases of spreading to others at home. ...Read more

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My eye when I wake up in the morning has yellow crust on my upper eyelid and the side of my left eye is red and sore I thought it was pink eye and I asked my school nurse and she said it wasn't help me please thank you

My eye when I wake up in the morning has yellow crust on my upper eyelid and the side of my left eye is red and sore I thought it was pink eye and I asked my school nurse and she said it wasn't help me please thank you

There : There is probably no way for the nurse to be sure of the diagnosis. This could be anything from an allergic conjunctivitis to something bacterial. If not better in the next 24 hours, I would see an ophthalmologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My daughter may have pink eye and her docs apt is in 8 days what can I do at home to keep it from getting worse or spreadingEye drainage, conjestion?

Most pink eye is: Viral and should not cause too much concern. If it carries on and is starting to get more irritating, with the cruds and heavy crusting, then wash them out with clear warm water and warm compresses. Artificial tears can help soothe the irritation as well. Otherwise, you should not put anything else in the eyes. ...Read more

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Are there any good home remedies for the pink eye?

Are there any good home remedies for the pink eye?

Wait: Viral infection which causes pink eye run their course over 7 days. There is no specific cure. Only adjunctive supportive therapy is advocated. These include contact precautions, washing hands, cleaning eyes with warm water. Rose water may be helpful. ...Read more

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Are there any effective home remedies for pink eye?

Are there any effective home remedies for pink eye?

Yes: If this just acute allergy exposure or dry eyes then cold applications to the eyelids for 20-30 seconds several times a day and otc allergy drops should help. If it is dry eyes then the first line of treatment is otc dry eye drops used frequently. If it is inflammatory or infectious this needs to be examined and treated by an ophthalmolgist, because it can be a sign of serious systemic or eye di. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies for pink eye in children?

Not really: Pink eye usually gets better by itself after a few days. It can't hurt to try some antibiotic drops if it persists. ...Read more

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Are their any helpful home remedies for pink-eye in a child?

Are their any helpful home remedies for pink-eye in a child?

Relief, not cure: Most pink eye in childhood and infancy is due to viral conjunctivitis. You can relieve the symptoms with warm soaks and bland eyedrops to clear out secretions. Sometimes there is bacterial infection — look for swelling, pus, crusting. If these are present see your ophthalmologist. Home remedies can relieve symptoms but not cure the problem. ...Read more

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Is pink eye a reason to stay home from work?

Is pink eye a reason to stay home from work?

Yes: True pink eye is the same virus that leads to the common cold. It is extremely contagious and can cause epidemic breakouts. The rule of thumb is to avoid direct contact or sharing of objects with others until you are no longer symptomatic. Since the virus can last for hours on surfaces (door handles, chair arms etc.), it is easy to spread the disease. Stay home until you are healed. ...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