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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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
Pink eye: Once the pink eye is fully treated (usually 3-5-7 days) the infection should be eradicated and so long as the hygeine is good there should be no problem. ...Read more
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As long as: They eye is red and there is discharge, you are contagious. ...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
Varies: Bacterial pink eye is usually pretty fast. Your eye comes in contact with the germ, it grows, and you have symptoms. Viruses can incubate for days, weeks, or months before symptoms begin. Allergies begin when you are exposed to the substance to which you are allergic. Bacteria and viruses are contagious. Allergies are not. ...Read more
Yes, but: It is usually transmitted by contact with contaminated material that gets to the eye by touch. Iinfection. There are some forms of pinkeye that are much less likely to spread than others. ...Read more
After exposure how long does it take for pink eye to develop in another person and how long is pink eye contagious?
Depends on the cause: Pink eye or conjunctivitis can be cause by either bacteria or virus and spread to another person is usually by direct hand to face contact so may possibly avoided by good handwashing. Most viral causes are contagious at first sign of a cold and may persist for days to a week or longer. Bacterial causes are usually related to sinus infection and respond quickly to antibiotcs in 1-2 days. ...Read more
Is pink eye contagious before symptoms appear? We had a family get together Sunday, now a cousin has it and I'm worried about myself and my kids.
Look for discharge: The red, discharging, matted eye is what is the contagion. Prior to that if you are not having symptoms it is unlikely you or anybody similar is contagious. Frequent hand washing and avoiding touching the face unless in the shower is recommended. Get checked if symptoms develop. Cheers. ...Read more
Very Contagious: Usually sharing is a good thing. Sharing germs -- not so much. Pink eye is very contagious. Ways to avoid sharing pink eye germs: [try to avoid] touching your eye. Wash hands frequently. Don't share towels. Throw away facial tissues after you're done. Cover your mouth and nose when you're coughing/sneezing. Discard your antibiotic drops bottle when you're done. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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