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How long after you start treating a child with pink eye before they can return to school?

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Dr. Subir Mitra
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Pink eye

Usually after 24 hours after antibiotic drops have been administered.

In brief: Pink eye

Usually after 24 hours after antibiotic drops have been administered.
Dr. Subir Mitra
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Dr. Evelyn Hurvitz
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: No more drainage

The safest way to avoid infecting others with pink eye (conjunctivitis), is to wait until the drainage stops before sending your child back to school, since pink eye is usually caused by a virus.
If the drainage is caused by a bacteria, then it is no longer contagious after 24 hours of antibiotic eye drops.

In brief: No more drainage

The safest way to avoid infecting others with pink eye (conjunctivitis), is to wait until the drainage stops before sending your child back to school, since pink eye is usually caused by a virus.
If the drainage is caused by a bacteria, then it is no longer contagious after 24 hours of antibiotic eye drops.
Dr. Evelyn Hurvitz
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