Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsInfectious Diseases · 9 years ago

how contagious is pink eye?

I have pink eye and im not sure if i should still go to school because its contagious.

1 Answer

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    Pink eye (conjunctivitis) generally remains contagious as long as the eye continues to tear and produce a discharge. Signs and symptoms of pink eye usually improve within three to seven days. When tearing and discharge are no longer present, it's appropriate for a child to return to school or child care.

    If the pink eye is caused by a bacterial infection, treatment with antibiotic drops or ointment for the eyes may be necessary. Some schools and child care facilities require that a child wait at least 24 hours after starting treatment before returning. Good hygiene — including hand washing after touching the eyes — is important to minimize spread of the disease

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