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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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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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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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Are there any home remedies for pink eye?

Are there any home remedies for pink eye?

Not really: Pink eye is a self limited infection, it can resolve in 2 weeks by itself. Pink eye is usually bacterial but can be viral. Best treatment is to use antibiotic drops to shorten the recovery time? ...Read more

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Can you describe how to cure pink eye at home?

Can you describe how to cure pink eye at home?

Depends: There are three different problems called "pink eye". Bacteria pink eye causes redness and pus in the eye all day. This needs antibiotics. Virus and allergy pink eyes look very similar- redness and possible drainage in the morning, but mostly tearing during the day. They will clear up on their own. Just keep the eyes clean with clear water and wash your hands well. Call doctor if getting worse. ...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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How many days do I have to stay home from school if I have pink eye?

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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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

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