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I have a pink eye. Is it okay to go back to work?

I have a pink eye. Is it okay to go back to work?

It depends: "pink eye" is a very broad term describing infectious and non-infectious conjunctivitis. If you have an eye infection, then control of its spread is important. If your eye is red due to blepharitis or other non-infectious cause you may go back to work despite the cosmetic appearance. Best to ask your eye doctor. ...Read more

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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I woke up this morning with pink eye. When can I go back to work?

I woke up this morning with pink eye. When can I go back to work?

Infection clears: Best to have it checked out, diagnosis confirmed, treatment regimen, and then examined when ready to return to make sure no longer contagious. ...Read more

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Pink eye came back how long till I can return to work?

Pink eye came back how long till I can return to work?

Pink eye: You may return to work after using the anitbacterial eye drops for 24 hours. If there is still a lot of discharge you should wait until the eye is not actively having discharge. ...Read more

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I have pink eye and on my 4th day. Started prescription drops yest. When is it safe for others for me to return to work?

I have pink eye and on my 4th day. Started prescription drops yest. When is it safe for others for me to return to work?

When it improves: Pink eye is spread by contact (rub your eye and touch something which someone else will touch later). Virus is shed as the eye gets redder or plateaus in redness. When the redness starts to diminish, no more virus is spreading and you are safe. In the meantime, wash your hands after each contact with the eyes. ...Read more

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Can I go to work with pink eye?

Not recommended: Pink eye is contagious, thus if a person is still having discharge from the eye it is best to stay at home if you can. Many places, such as daycare facilities and schools require people to have topical treatment for 24 hrs before returning. ...Read more

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Should I go to work with pink eye?

Should I go to work with pink eye?

Conjunctivitis: Nope. This is a highly contagious infection and your co-workers would most likely appreciate you not passing it along. ...Read more

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Can it be no problem to go to work with pink eye?

Can it be no problem to go to work with pink eye?

No: Acute viral conjunctivitis can be contagious, and an ophthalmologist would fill out a work excuse notice. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to still go to work if I have pink eye?

Is it possible for me to still go to work if I have pink eye?

Not usually: Most are viral ; very contagious. I would recommend you discuss this with your treating physician. ...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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I work with children and I have pink eye. Should I avoid all contact?

Contagious pink eye!: Pink eye is usually very contagious, so you should avoid any contact with other people until your eyes are less inflamed and there is no drainage. ...Read more

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Why does pink eye keep coming back?

Why does pink eye keep coming back?

Problem redux: Either your eye gets reinfected or your allergy returns. ...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

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Pink eye has come back 3 times in the past week. Why is this happening?

Pink eye has come back 3 times in the past week. Why is this happening?

It could be allergy.: Conjunctivitis is the medical terminology of pink eye. "Pink eye" can be from different reasons. Bacterial pink eye can easily be treated with antibiotic eye drops. Viral conjunctivitis will self resolve. Bacterial and viral causes usually don't resolve and then come right back within a week. Recurrent pink eye most likely due to some form of irritation. Must be exam by a doctor. ...Read more

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I have had pink eye 3 times in the past few months. I am wondering why it keeps coming back time and time again.

Contacts/allergies?: Most recurrences are related to low grade viral or untreated bacterial eye infections. Certainly other issues which can cause conjunctivitis would be overuse of eye drops, contact lenses and seasonal allergies. Consult your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What should I do for an 8 year old son who has reoccurring allergic pink eye? He was treated it went away and now it is back.

Avoid allergen: Avoid the allergen or treat it preventatively with an antihistamine by mouth or antihistamine eye drops. It is important to explain to his teacher, that is is non contagious or he will unnecessarily be missing school. ...Read more

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1year3month old boy had a viral pink eye 6month back. Cured in 2 days. Came back today again after 6 months. Is it OK? Or any other possibility

1year3month old boy had a viral pink eye 6month back. Cured in 2 days. Came back today again after 6 months. Is it OK? Or any other possibility

Pink Eye: First you have to make sure it is Pink eye, there are a lot of other conditions that looks like a simple conjunctivitis.
Usually it is a simple infection and does not cause any problems or chronic conditions, when it is recurrent you need to make sure it is not dust allergy, or sun sensitivity to name a few so definitely see your doctor if its coming back,
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I got pink eye about a month ago, got drops for it and it went away. Since then I've gotten it two more times, why does it keep coming back?

Environment: The germs may be spread on surfaces like phones, doorknobs, etc. See your doctor to make sure it's pink eye. Sometimes allergic eyes can look like they are infected, too. Keep hands washed or instant sanitized, try not to touch your eyes. ...Read more

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I have pink eye and the Dr gave me drops for them how long til it clears up and can I put my contacts back in if I disinfected them after it clears up?

I have pink eye and the Dr gave me drops for them how long til it clears up and can I put my contacts back in if I disinfected them after it clears up?

Conjunctivitis: A pink eye can be due to many things. Classically a "pink eye" is due to viral conjunctivitis and can be very contagious with severe itchiness. It can take 12h-3d for sx to appear and takes 2wks to resolve. Avoid contact lenses with any red eye as can lead to worsening infection and scar tissue on cornea. Eyedoc2020.Blogspot. Com. ...Read more

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How to make pink eye swelling go down so I can go to work?

How to make pink eye swelling go down so I can go to work?

Chill: The inflammation of the conjunctiva (whites of the eye) can be treated with artificial tears that have been chilled in the refrigerator. Ice can be used to help the swelling around the eye to go down. The viruses that cause pink eye have a very high attack rate (this means they are highly contagious). Be very careful not to transmit the virus to your colleagues and family. Therefore, chill! ...Read more

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Lingering pink eye. Parts of both eyes near nose side still pink after a month of drops. Should I go back to the dr?

Lingering pink eye. Parts of both eyes near nose side still pink after a month of drops. Should I go back to the dr?

See eye doctor: Typically pink eye does not linger for a month. You should see your eye doctor. This could be an inflamed pterygium (growth over conjunctiva near nose), allergy, or a more serious type of infection (such as chlamydia). Your eye doctor will be able to make the diagnosis and provide treatment. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Woke up with crusty stuff on eye. It's a little red and itching. Is this pink eye? If so how contageous? Should I go to work?

See eye doctor: You may have a viral or bacterial conjunctivitis. Will help to see an eye doctor for medicated eye drops. Do not rub or wear eye makeup. And it is contagious. ...Read more

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Do clear eyes works for pink eye?

Do clear eyes works for pink eye?

Conjunctivitis: A pink eye can be due to many things. Classically a "pink eye" is due to viral conjunctivitis, is very contagious ; lasts 2wks despite meds. If you do have true pink eye, the most natural way to treat it is cold ice packs for itchiness; cold tears in refrigerator helps also. If severe an eyemd can rx stronger drops. Clear eyes help but does not cure. ...Read more

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Does pink eye cause pain in the back of the eye?

Does pink eye cause pain in the back of the eye?

Not usually: Pink eye pain is usually more surface irritation. There could be a sinus pain associated with pink eye or it could be something more serious that needs evaluating. ...Read more

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I have pink eye that keeps coming back, left eye. Every couple of weeks.?

I have pink eye that keeps coming back, left eye. Every couple of weeks.?

Red eye: Recurrent pinkeye may be due to an infection, but it also may have other causes, ranging from dry eye to a bacterial pinkeye. If this problem is not going away, all your local ophthalmologist and arrange an appointment. ...Read more

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I had viral pink eye and was diagnosed with adenovirus. My husband caught it, and I am almost 100 percent better. Can I catch it back from him?

I had viral pink eye and was diagnosed with adenovirus. My husband caught it, and I am almost 100 percent better. Can I catch it back from him?

Unlikely: You will have immunity for adenovirus, but can get bacterial infection like any one if you are not careful. ...Read more

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One of my eyes is burning and has stuff coming out of it. Several kids at my work have pink eye. Could I have it although eye is only slightly red?

One of my eyes is burning and has stuff coming out of it. Several kids at my work have pink eye. Could I have it although eye is only slightly red?

Yes - pink eye: Pink eye is highly contagious. It is most commonly caused by a virus. There's a good chance you had it before (when you were younger) so that's why your case is more mild now. If vision is affected, you have fever, real pain, or nasty junk from the eye -u need to see a doctor right away. The determination of whether this is a bacteria or a virus should be pretty obvious if you can show it to a doc ...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