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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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Can I go to work with pink eye?

Can I go to work with pink eye?

Not recommended: Pink eye is contagious, thus if a person is still having discharge from the eye it is best to stay at home if you can. Many places, such as daycare facilities and schools require people to have topical treatment for 24 hrs before returning. ...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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Can it be no problem to go to work with pink eye?

Can it be no problem to go to work with pink eye?

No: Acute viral conjunctivitis can be contagious, and an ophthalmologist would fill out a work excuse notice. ...Read more

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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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Is it possible for me to still go to work if I have pink eye?

Is it possible for me to still go to work if I have pink eye?

Not usually: Most are viral ; very contagious. I would recommend you discuss this with your treating physician. ...Read more

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I woke up this morning with pink eye. When can I go back to work?

I woke up this morning with pink eye. When can I go back to work?

Infection clears: Best to have it checked out, diagnosis confirmed, treatment regimen, and then examined when ready to return to make sure no longer contagious. ...Read more

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How do they diagnose pink eye?

How do they diagnose pink eye?

Eye exam: Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is diagnosed by an eye exam. There are many types of conjunctivitis and many other eye conditions that have similar symptoms. Your best bet is to see an ophthalmologist to make the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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Pink eye came back how long till i can return to work?

Pink eye came back how long till i can return to work?

Pink eye: You may return to work after using the anitbacterial eye drops for 24 hours. If there is still a lot of discharge you should wait until the eye is not actively having discharge. ...Read more

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I work with children and I have pink eye. Should i avoid all contact?

Contagious pink eye!: Pink eye is usually very contagious, so you should avoid any contact with other people until your eyes are less inflamed and there is no drainage. ...Read more

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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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How does the doctor diagnose pink eye?

How does the doctor diagnose pink eye?

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 more

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How to make pink eye swelling go down so I can go to work?

How to make pink eye swelling go down so I can go to work?

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 more

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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?

See eye doctor: You may have a viral or bacterial conjunctivitis. Will help to see an eye doctor for medicated eye drops. Do not rub or wear eye makeup. And it is contagious. ...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