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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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Is it safe for me to go swimming when I have pinkeye?

No: The chlorine in the water will likely further irritate your eyes. Wait until your eyes are better before swimming. ...Read more

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How to fix pinkeye without actually going to a doctor?

How to fix pinkeye without actually going to a doctor?

Conjunctivitis: "pink eye" can be a serious disorder that can lead to blindness. It's important for a doctor to diagnose it so that appropriate treatment can be given. "pink eye" can be caused by infection, corneal abrasion and other inflammatory conditions. Although often caused by viruses, pink eye can easily be spread and cause an epidemic. It is best to see the doctor than risk complications. ...Read more

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Would it be okay for me to use old pinkeye eye drops?

No: Drops sitting in your cabinet start to go bad within 30 days of opening them. What is the medication? If the pink eye is viral, then an antibiotic won't treat it. If it was artificial tears for comfort, then probably ok, but you could potentially infect yourself with a dormant virus. ...Read more

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Do pinkeye symptoms come and go. I have been having white discharge in the morning, just sticky. Eyes feel dry but improve with water.?

Do pinkeye symptoms come and go. I have been having white discharge in the morning, just sticky. Eyes feel dry but improve with water.?

Yes: "pink eye" can be caused by many things from dry eyes, allergies, inflammations, eyelid irritations, viruses, bacteria, malpositioned eyelids, poor blink mechanism, environmental, chemical, etc. These all have varied treatments. Discharge, like mucous, and tearing are protective mechanisms or ways your eyes respond to irritation. Infections produce much thick discharge. Your eyes may just be dry. ...Read more

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I have pinkeye but I did not go to the doctor and today was the 3rd day and the redness went away so how long should I wait to put on contacts and eye makeup?

I have pinkeye but I did not go to the doctor and today was the 3rd day and the redness went away so how long should I wait to put on contacts and eye makeup?

Pink eye: You should rule out any eye infection before putting contact or makeup on. I would suggest you wait 7-10 days symptoms free before applying anything ...Read more

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What causes pinkeye?

What causes pinkeye?

ALLERG/ALLERG/INFLAM: You need evaluation to see if it is viral or bacterial infection or allergic pink eye conjunctivitis.

There are other causes of inflammation in iris due to systemic dieases like sarcoidosis, rheumatoid arthritis or some other condition condition is called iritis, can make eyes red or pink. ...Read more

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How can you cure pinkeye?

How can you cure pinkeye?

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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How can pinkeye be spread?

How can pinkeye be spread?

Spread of Pink Eye: Pink eye or conjunctivitis is spread through direct contact with a person's infected secretions or contaminated objects and surfaces. It is advisable that a person with pink eye should refrain from sharing handkerchiefs, tissues, towels, cosmetics, linens etc. Until their infection has cleared. Washing hands is very important in preventing the spread of pink eye. ...Read more

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What is a pinkeye carrier?

What is a pinkeye carrier?

Same as cold: Pink eye is a viral infection similar to having cold/upper respiratory infection. Some people may have cold virus with minimal symptom but some could developer bad cold. Pink eye development has similar course of development and recovery
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How quick does pinkeye develop?

How quick does pinkeye develop?

Depends: Most 'pink eye' is caused by a viral infection on the 'skin'covering the eyeball-called the conjunctiva. Once infected its called 'conjunctivitis.' this can develop over a few days or 1-2 weeks de you infect your eye when you touch a surface (or person) with the virus and rub your eye-transfering the virus. Some are from sexually transmitted bacteria. Frequent hand washing helps prevent this. ...Read more

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What can you do to treat pinkeye?

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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What can be done to cure pinkeye?

Depends: It depends on the cause of the pink eye. Viral conjunctivitis is treated with artificial tears for symptomatic relief. Bacterial conjunctivitis is treated with antibiotics. Other causes are treated with steroids or non-steroidals. You need to see an eye md for diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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How many knids of pinkeye are there?

Several: The operative question is how do you define 'pink eye'? Most commonly it is due to a viral infection of the conjunctiva, the lining over the white of the eye and the inside of the lids. But many patients call any eye redness 'pink eye' this can include allergy, hemorrhage, even trauma. ...Read more

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What can I do to eliminate a pinkeye?

Pinkeye: Pink eye is a generic term that refers to conjunctivitis (inflammation of the white part of the eye). To treat it, you have to find out the source of the inflammation. It could be viral, bacterial, allergic, traumatic, contact lens related or chemical. The only safe thing you can do is use artificial tears. See your doctor to find the cause and the correct treatment. ...Read more

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Is pinkeye spred from person to person?

Is pinkeye spred from person to person?

Yes: Pink eye is spread from direct contact with a person's infected secretions or contaminated objects and surfaces. Pink eye is very contagious. ...Read more

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Can your vision to change after pinkeye?

Can your vision to change after pinkeye?

Possibly: Pink eye can cause surface irregularity or even inflammation and/or scarring in severe cases. These issues an cause blurred vision for weeks or even permanently. See an eye doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What are some signs that you have pinkeye?

Redness, tearing: The most common finding is redness. May be accompanied by tearing, discharge, eye discomfort, tender, palpable lymph nodes. ...Read more

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In what ways does pinkeye affect your body?

Pinkeye: Pinkeye, the colloquial term for viral/infectious conjunctivitis, is in most cases a local infection. It may be associated with an upper respiratory tract infection. Otherwise it will not affect the rest of the body except for the stress of having the condition until it resolves. ...Read more

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Can there be such a thing as a pinkeye carrier?

Viral conjunctivitis: Viral infection on the inner part of the eyelid and thin moist "skin"covering the eyeball-called the conjunctiva is called "conjunctivitis." you infect your eye when you touch a surface (or person) with the virus and rub your eye-transfering the virus. Frequent hand washing helps prevent this. Sharing towels or pillows can also cause infection. Antibiotics don't work. Just time 7-14 days. ...Read more

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This morning I woke up with pinkeye. What do I do?

This morning I woke up with pinkeye. What do I do?

Conjunctivitis: "pink eye" can be a serious disorder that can lead to blindness. It's important for a doctor to diagnose it so that appropriate treatment can be given. "pink eye" can be caused by infection, corneal abrasion and other inflammatory conditions. Treatment depends on the cause. ...Read more

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Can you recommend any remedies to cure the pinkeye?

Can you recommend any remedies to cure the pinkeye?

Time: Time will cure all cases of pink eye. It gets better in 4-10 days. ...Read more