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Can I go to work as usual with conjunctivitis of eye?

Can I go to work as usual with conjunctivitis of eye?

Depends on the type: Infectious conjunctivitis is usually bacterial or viral. Both can be transmitted by touch. The viral form is highly contagious and virus can last for hours on inanimate objects like mugs and computers. If you have viral conjunctivitis it is best to avoid any work that could permit transmission of the virus to others. See an eye doctor before going to work. ...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


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Can one go to work as usual with conjunctivitis?

Can one go to work as usual with conjunctivitis?

May be contagious: It may be contagious if it's a viral conjunctivitis so precautions must be taken. I.E. A schoolteacher or daycare worker would best stay at home. ...Read more

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Should you go to work if you have viral conjunctivitis?

Should you go to work if you have viral conjunctivitis?

Viral conjunctivitis: Pinkeye (conjunctivitis) is redness & swelling of the conjunctiva. People may be concerned if they see you at work because it can be contagious. ...Read more

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Does neosporin for conjunctivitis work?

Does neosporin for conjunctivitis work?

Neosporin for conjun: Neosporin is an antibiotic and should be affective for the bacterial conjunctivitis if the bacteria which is causing conjunctivitis is sensitive to this antibiotic. ...Read more

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Taking drops for conjunctivitis for the past 3 days. Is this viral instead? When could I return to work?

Taking drops for conjunctivitis for the past 3 days. Is this viral instead? When could I return to work?

Viral conjunctivitis: Most cases of conjunctivitis are viral. The thing you have to keep in mind is its very very very contagious. You could easily spread it through your office. The best guide. Even though the viral shedding has likely past is when the reds gone. Your ready to return. Flushing with saline to remove the antigens more quickly is the best advice I can give you. ...Read more

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Does penicillin work to get rid of conjunctivitis?

Does penicillin work to get rid of conjunctivitis?

Rarely: Only a very specific (and serious) form of conjunctivitis is treated with penicillin (gonococcal). Most pink eye is viral and does not require or respond to antibiotics. ...Read more

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What to do if I I caught conjunctivitis from my place of work about a month agokeep crying. Can bacterial conjunctivitis develop into allergic conjunctivitis?

What to do if I I caught conjunctivitis from my place of work about a month agokeep crying. Can bacterial conjunctivitis develop into allergic conjunctivitis?

EKC: You may want to check out the possibility that you have EKC (Epidemic Kerato conjunctivitis). This condition may result is very difficult management in the best of hands ...Read more

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If I have conjunctivitis should I go to school? Doctor says ok but principal no

If I have conjunctivitis should I go to school? Doctor says ok but principal no

Conjunctivitis: To prevent the spread of conjunctivitis, it is common practice to be treated with antibiotic eyedrops for 24 hours before returning to school or work. ...Read more

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How long does it take for pinkeye (aka conjunctivitis) to go away?

How long does it take for pinkeye (aka conjunctivitis) to go away?

Conjunctivitis: Bacterial conjunctivitis usually takes 24 to 48 hours to clear but the antibiotic has to be used for 5 to 7 days. Viral conjunctivitis takes longer - 1-2 weeks or longer. Allergic conjunctivitis lasts as long as the allergens are present. ...Read more

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I have just found out I have conjunctivitis and have a child's garden party tomorrow can I go?? Can I be in public

I have just found out I have conjunctivitis and have a child's garden party tomorrow can I go?? Can I be in public

Depends: If you've been diagnosed with viral conjunctivitis, this infection is highly contagious and you should not go to the party. A typical course of this is 7-14 days. Other types of conjunctivitis, like allergic, contact-related allergy, are not contagious. Bacterial conjunctivitis, which is far less common, responds to antibiotics and typically resolves in 7-10 days, is less contagious but possible. ...Read more

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Should I go to school if I think I have conjunctivitis?

Should I go to school if I think I have conjunctivitis?

Probably not: If your conjunctivitis is diagnosed, then it is a contagious problem which carries a significant stigma beyond its actual clinical signs and symptoms. See your ophthalmologist to confirm this, although school nurses are pretty good at diagnosing this condition. ...Read more

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If i have  conjunctivitis can I watch tv or go on computer?

If i have  conjunctivitis can I watch tv or go on computer?

You can, but...: It's better not to strain the eyes if you don't have to. Don't stare at the screen for too long, take frequent breaks, and use sterile lubricating tears. Cheers! ...Read more

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If I have conjunctivitis should I still go to school? I am 18y.

If I have conjunctivitis should I still go to school? I am 18y.

I would miss!: Viral conjuctivitis is quite virulent. I would miss for several days, so you can't transfer to others! ...Read more

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How long does it take for the redness to go down if you had conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: Depends on a cuase. Allergies might persist until avoidance or proper treatment. Bacteria 2 or 3 days with treatment. Virus usually 7-10 days. ...Read more

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What is conjunctivitis?

What is conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva, a thin membrane that coats and protects the surface of the eye. Common causes of conjunctivitis in adults are certain viruses and allergies. ...Read more

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What causes conjunctivitis?

What causes conjunctivitis?

Several issues: Conjunctivitis=inflammation of the conjunctiva
irritant : dust, hair spray, mascara, chemicals
germ: bacterial, chlamydia, viral
allergy: air born pollen
conjunctivitis is a unifying label for many things that cause inflammation but most use the term for the germ causes. Exam by your doc is a simple way to define the cause more accurately. ...Read more

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Is conjunctivitis catching?

Is conjunctivitis catching?

Yes: Since a preponderance of conjunctivitis is viral, this form is very contagious and is spread by contact with the ocular secretions. Expect about 7-10 days of complete recovery. Best to avoid spreading by using meticulous hygiene around your eyes and avoid touching your other eye or passing on to others. You may try artificial tears, ocular decongestants (naphcon a), stay hydrated ; get plenty rest. ...Read more

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Can you catch conjunctivitis?

Yes you can: A majority of infectious conjunctivitis is caused by viruses- the better known one is adenovirus (aka pink eye). This is highly contagious and can be spread by touch. By not washing their hands and contacting their eyes, a person who is exposed to an infected patient can get it. ...Read more

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How is conjunctivitis treated?

Depends on the cause: Conjunctivitis is an eye irritation that has many causes.
Irritants (sand, etc): eyewash or removal
allergens (pollens, etc): avoidance or moving away from the allergen
viral infections (except the herpes virus): time, good hygiene
bacterial infections (and herpes infections): antimicrobial eye drops
very important to seek the help of you doctor as untreated herpes infection can lead to blindness! ...Read more

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What is apollo conjunctivitis?

Named for a Rocket!: Apollo: Viral Conjunctivitis
There was an epidemic that presented with discomfort, irritation, watering and redness of the eyes in West Africa and other parts of the globe, which coincided with the landing of the APOLLO 11 on the moon in 1969. This epidemic was caused by an adenovirus and epidemics have been recurrent since then. This is a self-limiting disease and very contagious. ...Read more

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I have conjunctivitis should I fly?

I have conjunctivitis should I fly?

Yes: Just be careful not to touch your eyes and then touch any other places where others may also have contact. ...Read more

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What should I do for conjunctivitis?

Depends: There are a lot of different types of conjunctivitis. Viral conjunctivitis needs time. Allergic conjunctivitis can be treated with allergy drops. Bacterial conjunctivitis needs antibiotic drops. There are other reasons why your eye can be red that are more serious. Best to be checked by an eye md. ...Read more

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Can I get conjunctivitis from my cat?

Can I get conjunctivitis from my cat?

Zoonotic Infection: Numerous bacterial and chlamydial species can infect alternative hosts. Most important for women of child-bearing age is toxoplasma gondii, a common protozoal infection of cats that can cause congential defects in a fetus (see torch syndrome). Pregnant women should never clean the cat box! Congenital infections can cause primary vision loss or recur later in life leading to chorioretinal scarring. ...Read more

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What are the tests for conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: For a bacterial conjunctivitis sometimes a culture and slide smear are done to clarify the offending organism. Sometimes a slide smear is used to differentiate between a viral and allergic conjunctivitis. Occasionally a conjunctival biopsy may be required. ...Read more

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How can I cure conjunctivitis quickly?

Conjunctivitis: Is a self limited infection, antibiotic eye drops are given to shorten the course. Good hygeine, washing hands can prevent its spread. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: Inflammation of the coonjunctival tissues that covers the whites of the eyes and under the lids, due to allergy, infection or toxic effect of medicines/ chemicals. Conjunctiva become swollen and red. Patients experience burning, blurred vision, tearing, redness, puffy eyelids, discharge, itching, pain depending on the cause. ...Read more

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Who is most at risk for conjunctivitis?

Children: Viral conjunctivitis is spread by contact, not through the air like a common cold. Hands touching the infected eye, for instance, may open a door, leaving the virus on the knob for the next guy to get it on his hands. Children spread this condition readily because they are frequently in physical contact in playing. They lack the social barriers that adults have. ...Read more