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Is pink eye contagious?

Is pink eye contagious?

Yes: Pink eye, whether bacterial or viral is highly contagious through hand to hand and usually respiratory means. ...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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How long does pink eye remain contagious?

How long does pink eye remain contagious?

Until the eye clears: Antibiotics are usually prescribed for pink eye, but many cases are viral which is not affected by antibiotics. Therefore, it is best to wait until the eye discharge has resolved before sending a child back to school. Adults can return to work within a few days. Hand hygiene is always important as many cases of pink eye (conjunctivitis) are transmitted by hand contact. ...Read more

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How contagious is pink eye? How is it spread?

Extremely: Another term for pink eye (viral conjunctivitis) is epidemic keratoconjunctivitis, emphasis on "epidemic." the virus is found in the tears and can survive on surfaces (tabletops, chairs, etc.) for many days. If you touch this surface and then touch your eye you can get the disease. Frequent hand washing and cleaning such surfaces can reduce transmission. It is not spread by other bodily fluids. ...Read more

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What is pink eye, and how contagious is it really?

What is pink eye, and how contagious is it really?

Viral infection: By far the most common pink eye is a viral infection of the lining of the eye (the conjunctiva) over the sclera (the white of the eye). It is contagious, irritating, may affect the vision a little and is very socially unacceptable. There are other causes of red eye, some serious. So you should see your ophthalmologist to get a diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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How long before pink eye isn't contagious anymore?

How long before pink eye isn't contagious anymore?

With treatment: A bacterial conjunctivitis usually is not contageous after 4-6 doses of antibiotic drop treatment. Viral conjunctivitis can be contageous for weeks. ...Read more

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What is the amount of time that pink eye is contagious?

What is the amount of time that pink eye is contagious?

Up to 2 weeks: Pink eye is the term used fro viral conjunctivitis. It can be contagious for up to 2 weeks and is one of the most contagious infections in the world. It will go away by itself, and there is currently no medication that can treat it. Avoiding direct physical contact with others while the eye is pink and irritated is the best way to prevent spreading the disease. ...Read more

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For how long are you contagious when you have pink eye?

For how long are you contagious when you have pink eye?

49 days: The most common cause of pink eye is adenovirus. If you have this, studies have shown the virus can survive for up to 49 days on hard surfaces. People tend to still actively shed the virus for a few weeks after the symptoms have gone. Disinfect with lysol and wash your hands frequently during this period. ...Read more

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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


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more