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How long does it take to get pink eye after being exposed to it?
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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: As fast as a cold
"pink eye" generally describes an eye infection caused by the common cold virus.
It is the same disease, just infecting a different part of the body. Similarly to the common cold, it is contagious, and typically starts within hours to a few days after contact with an infected person. Once the virus takes hold on the eye, it can last between 7-14 days, or longer.

In brief: As fast as a cold
"pink eye" generally describes an eye infection caused by the common cold virus.
It is the same disease, just infecting a different part of the body. Similarly to the common cold, it is contagious, and typically starts within hours to a few days after contact with an infected person. Once the virus takes hold on the eye, it can last between 7-14 days, or longer.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: A couple
A couple of days to a couple of weeks [it depends what's causing the pink eye].
Not all pink eye is caused by germs. Non-infectious pink eye can be caused by allergies or something irritating your eyes.

In brief: A couple
A couple of days to a couple of weeks [it depends what's causing the pink eye].
Not all pink eye is caused by germs. Non-infectious pink eye can be caused by allergies or something irritating your eyes.
Dr. Francine Yep
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