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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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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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My daughter is 4 yrs of age & woke up this morning with pink eye, how can I get rid of it?

My daughter is 4 yrs of age & woke up this morning with pink eye, how can I get rid of it?

Depends on what the : Pink eye really just means a red eye. It can be caused by allergies, viruses and bacterial. If both eyes are red then allergies are the more likely. If there is a lot of discharge and it looks fairly goopy (muco-purulent), you may want to call you doctor. Sometimes they will call out a medication. Other times, based on symptoms, they will like to see you. ...Read more

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I woke up this morning with a discharge around my eye and half of my eye was slightly red.Is this pink eye and will I be able to go to my Christmas party tomorrow?

I woke up this morning with a discharge around my eye and half of my eye was slightly red.Is this pink eye and will I be able to go to my Christmas party tomorrow?

Just be careful: Conjunctivitis (pink eye) usually is due to common cold viruses, and prevention is the same: no kissing (even a social peck on the cheek), no shared cups or utensils, cover coughs and sneezes, limited hand contact with others, and very freqent hand washing or alcohol gel. It's different in young kids, e.g. day care, because at that age hygiene and preventing spread are impossible. ...Read more

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My right eye is very teary and it burns and this morning I woke up with it very crusty. Is it pink eye? My eye is slightly red/pink.

My right eye is very teary and it burns and this morning I woke up with it very crusty. Is it pink eye? My eye is slightly red/pink.

?conjunctivitis?: The acute mattering & crusting of your right eyelids & redness, tearing is consistent with conjunctivitis, probably viral, but could be allergic (itching), blocked tear duct (painful swelling in inner corner), drynes (usually both eyes, scratchy, usually no matter), chemical exposure, bacterial (very goopy, more pain) as ideas. Clean matter w/clean washcloth, avoid affecting lt eye, tear drops. MD ...Read more

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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

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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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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

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

Conjunctivitis is 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 the tiny blood vessels in the conjunctiva to dilate, thus leading to a redness of the eye. Depending on the cause of the conjunctitis there can also be itching, irritation, and discharge ...Read more