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.
Depends on type. Pink eye when contagious can be passed on for up to 2 weeks. This depends on the type and whether there are more than one type present. The redness can sometimes be quite misleading, because ther are over 100 different types.
With treatment. A bacterial conjunctivitis usually is not contageous after 4-6 doses of antibiotic drop treatment. Viral conjunctivitis can be contageous for weeks.
10-14 days on avg. 10-14 days on average and it's possible to reinfect yourself if you are not taking precautions. You should wash your hands frequently or use a hand sanitizer, avoid touching your eyes, dispose of any contaminated eye makeup you may have used while infected and avoid shaking hands with others to avoid passing on the infection.
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.
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.
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.
Pink eye. Infection most commonly by virus, & is contagious especially among children.
When eye is red. Your body can shed virus as long as the eye is red, getting redder or stays at peak redness. Once it starts to fade, then the bodies defenses have started to win the battle and you now longer are shedding virus.