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How long does the pink eye bacteria live?

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Dr. Alan Mindlin
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Up to 7-10 dyays

Most but not all bacteria that cause pink eye are self limiting.
Any bacterial pink eye that persists even with treatment should be re-evaluated quickly as to cause.

In brief: Up to 7-10 dyays

Most but not all bacteria that cause pink eye are self limiting.
Any bacterial pink eye that persists even with treatment should be re-evaluated quickly as to cause.
Dr. Alan Mindlin
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Pink eye

Most pink eyes are caused by viruses with a lifespan of 3 to 10 days.
Bacterial infections in adults usually follow trauma and surgery. If bacterial, the infection usually can be overcome in 3-6 days with antibiotic therapy. If present beyond this time, revisit your ophthalmologist to assess.

In brief: Pink eye

Most pink eyes are caused by viruses with a lifespan of 3 to 10 days.
Bacterial infections in adults usually follow trauma and surgery. If bacterial, the infection usually can be overcome in 3-6 days with antibiotic therapy. If present beyond this time, revisit your ophthalmologist to assess.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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