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Will pink eye go away on its own, how long?

Will pink eye go away on its own, how long?

Yes: Most cases of pink eye, or viral conjunctivitis, will resolve in a week or two without treatment. ...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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Will bacterial pink eye go away on it's own?

Will bacterial pink eye go away on it's own?

Maybe: Majority of 'pinkeye' in adults is viral, like a cold, and often will go away on it's own. Bacterial pinkeye may go away on its own but often requires treatment so it gets better quicker and prevents further problems. See your eye md for examination and treatment recommendations. ...Read more

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Why did my pink eye go away after only a day?

Why did my pink eye go away after only a day?

Allergy: If it went away in a day, probably allergic or irritation making it look like pink eye. ...Read more

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How long does it take pink eye to go away?

How long does it take pink eye to go away?

Usually 2-3 weeks: Pink eye or viral conjunctivitis is usually an acute condition caused by adenovirus (like the common cold). Most cases will resolve in a few weeks but some can be prolonged. There are many other causes of conjunctivitis so any additional or more severe symptoms should be examined by your eye doctor. ...Read more

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How long willit usually take for pink eye to go away?

How long willit usually take for pink eye to go away?

Pink eye: Symptoms of conjunctivitis with good care usually takes 3-4 days to heal. If persist, contact your doc. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for pink eye to go away?

How long does it usually take for pink eye to go away?

Pink eye: Normal pink eye due to a virus runs its course in 1-2 weeks. The duration due to other issues varies significantly. See an eye doctor. ...Read more

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How long does it take for pink eye to go away by itself?

How long does it take for pink eye to go away by itself?

Depends: Depends on cause. Viral can be 7-21 days. If it is due to dry eyes, it may not go away until you treat the underlying condition. You need to be examined to determine cause and treatment. You will then have a better idea of how long it will take to resolve or if you need treatment. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for pink eye to go away?

3-10 days: Pink eye, if diagnosed properly as a viral infection of the lining of the eye, has a usual lifespan of 3-10 days. Then it will rapidly improve. ...Read more

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What should I do about my pink eye to make it go away faster?

What should I do about my pink eye to make it go away faster?

Nothing: Pink eye, or viral conjunctivitis, has to take its course, just like the common cold. You can use artificial tears for symptomatic relief, but there is nothing that is commonly used that will help it resolve more quickly. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long does viral pink eye take to go away?

Can you tell me how long does viral pink eye take to go away?

Weeks: Viral conjuctivitis usually has a two week course before the infection resolves. The ey may remain inflammed for several weeks after the infection. This can be controlled with antiinflammatory drops. ...Read more

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I've got pink eye and read that a drop of honey in each eye makes it go away. Should I try it?

I've got pink eye and read that a drop of honey in each eye makes it go away. Should I try it?

Ineffective: It is possible that a bit of honey might make the eye temporarily more comfortable but the usual pink eye is a viral condition that must run its course and for which honey would be of no benefit. ...Read more

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I'm pretty sure my daughter has pink eye. Will it go away if I just keep cleaning it or do I need to get meds? She says it doesn't hurt.

I'm pretty sure my daughter has pink eye. Will it go away if I just keep cleaning it or do I need to get meds? She says it doesn't hurt.

Pink Eye can spread: Pink eye can spread and is contagious, so you have to keep your hands clean, and washed after touching her eyes, and keep her towels separate from other family members. She needs to be kept home away from day care, as this can affect other babies too. Call her pediatrician for treatment options. Drops may needed if secondary bacterial infection is present, and that may mean seeing an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Mucus in eye, will it go away, is it going to turn into the pink eye?

Mucus in eye, will it go away, is it going to turn into the pink eye?

Need more info: Is this pus, is it accompanied by burning, pain, redness, does it affect your vision. It may simply be gel-like material helping to clear irritants from your eye or the material you wipe away after awaking from sleep. If it gets worse or fails to clear, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there any over the counter eye drops for pink eye? Or anything I can get at a drug store to make it go away?

Is there any over the counter eye drops for pink eye? Or anything I can get at a drug store to make it go away?

"Pink eye": There are many causes for a red eye, including trauma, eye disease (glaucoma, retinal detachment), allergies, and infection (bacterial or viral). Treatment depends on the cause and your primary care doctor can help you sort this out. Over the counter allergy treatments are available, but most causes require Rx, intervention or observation. ...Read more

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I think I may have pink eye, don't really have the money to go to the Dr. Is there anything else I can do to help it Go away?

I think I may have pink eye, don't really have the money to go to the Dr. Is there anything else I can do to help it Go away?

Compresses, massage: You can try warm compresses every hour while you are awake along with tear duct massage 4 times a day. To massage your tear duct, place your clean pinky finger in the inner corner of your eye and make little circle motions with it massaging towards your nose. Gently wipe out discharge from eyes with clean cloth only. If not better in 3-4 days, then you really need to go to an urgent care center. ...Read more

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Is erythromycin oinment for pink eye safe to use while nursing? Also if I don't use an antibiotic for bacterial pink eye will it go away?

Is erythromycin oinment for pink eye safe to use while nursing? Also if I don't use an antibiotic for bacterial pink eye will it go away?

Safe yes: Ointment is a little over kill, drops work just as well and do not blur the vision. Pink eye is self limited, meaning that without treatment it will resolve in 2 weeks. Treatment is given to shorten the course of infection. ...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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How long until pink eye goes away?

How long until pink eye goes away?

Could be 1-2 weeks: It's similar to the upper respiratory cold infection. It usually goes away in 5-10 days but it may linger around for a while. Cold compressors and artificial tears will help. ...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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Are you allowed to go outside if you have pink eye?

Are you allowed to go outside if you have pink eye?

Yes: Pink eye is due it infection of the eye. It can spread to othe people by close contact. Unless it irritates your eyes, you may go outside. Always use sunglasses to protect your eyes fom bright sunshine, whether you have pink eye or not. ...Read more

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If I have pink eye can I still go trick- or-treating?

You could....: ....But it's often highly contagious, so you would probably spread it to lots of other people. Better to pass on the candy this year (or get someone else to bring you some). ...Read more

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Is it recommended to not go outside when you have pink eye?

Yes: If you truly have the "pink eye" or viral conjunctivitis, then it can be very contagious. But not every red eye is "pink eye". ...Read more

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