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How long is bacterial conjuctivitus contagious?
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not long
Bacterial conjunctivits (not viral conjunctivitis) in adults requires some breakdown of the surface of someone exposed.
Bacteria cannot penetrate the normal defenses unless the eye has had surgery, is traumatized or has some surface disturbance. Anti-bacterial topical medications provide an excellent treatment and so the bacterial count will drops rapidly in 2 days or so.

In brief: Not long
Bacterial conjunctivits (not viral conjunctivitis) in adults requires some breakdown of the surface of someone exposed.
Bacteria cannot penetrate the normal defenses unless the eye has had surgery, is traumatized or has some surface disturbance. Anti-bacterial topical medications provide an excellent treatment and so the bacterial count will drops rapidly in 2 days or so.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Jay Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Discharge
It is potentially contagious while discharge is present.

In brief: Discharge
It is potentially contagious while discharge is present.
Dr. Jay Bradley
Dr. Jay Bradley
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