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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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How many days should you stay home from school with pink eye?

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How many days should you stay home from school with pink eye?

See Below: Until the eye is not red anymore. ...Read more

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Pink Eye (Definition)

Pink eye is also known as Conjunctivitis. "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 ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Shatz
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How many days do I have to stay home from school if I have pink eye?

Dr. Andrew Shatz
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
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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 also. 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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Dr. Todd Purkiss
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Can someone tell me how long will I have to stay home from school with pink eye?

Dr. Todd Purkiss
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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 it's 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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Dr. Francine Yep
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Do I have to stay home from school tomorrow because I have conjunctivitis (pink eye)?

Dr. Francine Yep
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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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Dr. James Schuh
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What to do if I have pink eye and my mom won't let me stay home from school?

Dr. James Schuh
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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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Dr. Marina Armendariz
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Once you get pink eye, how long should I stay home before going back to school?

Dr. Marina Armendariz
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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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Dr. Clement Cheng
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If I am returning to school with pink eye, when is it ok to go off meds ?

Dr. Clement Cheng
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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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Dr. Richard Wieder
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Is it okay that i go to school with pink eye?

Dr. Richard Wieder
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Pink eye: Is very contagious. You should definitely not go to school until it resolves. ...Read more

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

Dr. Paul Rogers
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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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I have pink eye should I go to school?

Dr. Clarene Cress
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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 a 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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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

Conjunctivitis is the swelling or infection of the membrane lining the eyelids and eyeballs. It is usually caused by a virus, but can also be caused by bacteria, allergies, and exposure to certain chemicals. Common symptoms include itchy and red eyes, crusts that form overnight on the ...Read more


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