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Is Pink Eye Contagious Airborne
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Pink eye: Pink eye is caused by bacteria and viruses. Actually 70% of pink eye is viral so even if you are taking an antibiotic it is possible you are still infective, usual course about a week. Strict isolation is not necessary, but frequent hand wahing and washing surfaces, countertops etc. Will help prevent spread. ...Read more
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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