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Should You Go To Work If Diagnosed With Pink Eye
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not usually: Most are viral ; very contagious. I would recommend you discuss this with your treating physician. ...Read more
Best not to: This could be a viral infection and they can transmit it to kids easily. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several ways: Usually this is a clinical diagnosis it is based on the history given, the symptoms, the examination of the eye(s) the type of discharge, and other historical and exam findings. There are some rapid tests to determine if the infection is viral or bacterial. One can also do a smear of the discharge and stain it and determine the type by looking at the slide. Culture can be taken too! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chill: The inflammation of the conjunctiva (whites of the eye) can be treated with artificial tears that have been chilled in the refrigerator. Ice can be used to help the swelling around the eye to go down. The viruses that cause pink eye have a very high attack rate (this means they are highly contagious). Be very careful not to transmit the virus to your colleagues and family. Therefore, chill! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Woke up with crusty stuff on eye. It's a little red and itching. Is this pink eye? If so how contageous? Should i go to work?
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