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How long does it take pink eye to go away?

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Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology
7 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Clement Cheng
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Dr. Jay Park
Pink eye, by definition, is bacterial conjuctivitis!
Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology

In brief: Days or weeks!

If pink eye is caused by bacteria, it will resolve in less than 7 days, usually 5.
Antibiotic drops shorten the duration to around 3 days. Unfortunately, viral conjuctivitis is caused by the same types of viruses that cause the common cold. And just like a cold, they have to run their course. Patients are usually affected for 10 days to 2 weeks, and are very contagious for about 10 days.

In brief: Days or weeks!

If pink eye is caused by bacteria, it will resolve in less than 7 days, usually 5.
Antibiotic drops shorten the duration to around 3 days. Unfortunately, viral conjuctivitis is caused by the same types of viruses that cause the common cold. And just like a cold, they have to run their course. Patients are usually affected for 10 days to 2 weeks, and are very contagious for about 10 days.
Dr. William Goldstein
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Dr. Tal Raviv
Ophthalmology

In brief: Depends

Pink eye is a general non-scientific catch-all term for conjunctivitis.
Most cases of acute conjunctivitis are of viral origin, and the vast majority of them improve over a week. Severe cases can take longer, and ophthalmologic care should be sought.

In brief: Depends

Pink eye is a general non-scientific catch-all term for conjunctivitis.
Most cases of acute conjunctivitis are of viral origin, and the vast majority of them improve over a week. Severe cases can take longer, and ophthalmologic care should be sought.
Dr. Tal Raviv
Dr. Tal Raviv
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