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Do I have to stay home from school tomorrow because I have conjunctivitis (pink eye)?

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine
12 doctors agree

In brief: School rules!?

Depends on school rules.
Some make you stay home until you've taken antibiotics for at least 1 day. Doesn't make sense since most pink eye is caused by viruses, which antibiotics don't treat. But school rules are rules. Otherwise, you can go to school. You're contagious as long as your eyes are goopy or you cough/sneeze. Be nice. Cover your mouth/nose. Wash hands. A lot.

In brief: School rules!?

Depends on school rules.
Some make you stay home until you've taken antibiotics for at least 1 day. Doesn't make sense since most pink eye is caused by viruses, which antibiotics don't treat. But school rules are rules. Otherwise, you can go to school. You're contagious as long as your eyes are goopy or you cough/sneeze. Be nice. Cover your mouth/nose. Wash hands. A lot.
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Dr. Becky White
Pediatrics
7 doctors agree

In brief: No

Pink eye is cause by rubbing cold virus into your eye.
It's no more contagious than the cold so most state health departments will let you attend school as long as you have a note from your doctor. Remember, don't rub your nose and then touch your eyes!

In brief: No

Pink eye is cause by rubbing cold virus into your eye.
It's no more contagious than the cold so most state health departments will let you attend school as long as you have a note from your doctor. Remember, don't rub your nose and then touch your eyes!
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Dr. Judy Orton
Antibiotics are NOT needed. If the symptoms are not better in 48 hours have your child seen by her doctor.
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