How long is viral conjunctivitis contagious?
Pinkeye that’s caused by bacteria can spread to others as soon as symptoms appear and for as long as there’s discharge from the eye — or until 24 hours after antibiotics are started.
Conjunctivitis that’s caused by a virus is generally contagious before symptoms appear and can remain so as long as the symptoms last..
Can I go to work with viral conjunctivitis?
Viral and bacterial pink eye are both highly contagious. Both adults and children can get pink eye and should stay away from work, school, or daycare until their symptoms clear.
How do you treat viral conjunctivitis?
Infectious conjunctivitis No drops or ointments can treat viral conjunctivitis. Antibiotics will not cure a viral infection. Like a common cold, the virus has to run its course, which may take up to two or three weeks. Symptoms can often be relieved with cool compresses and artificial tear solutions.
How can you tell if pink eye is viral or bacterial?
Viral conjunctivitis usually lasts longer than bacterial conjunctivitis. If conjunctivitis does not resolve with antibiotics after 3 to 4 days, the physician should suspect that the infection is viral. Bacterial conjunctivitis is characterized by mucopurulent discharge with matting of the eyelids.