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How long does pink eye remain contagious?
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Dr. Kate Tulenko
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Kate Tulenko
Dr. Kate Tulenko
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Dr. Michael Kermani
The most critical time is the first 48 hours after symptoms occur.
Dr. Alan Mindlin
Ophthalmology
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Alan Mindlin
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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