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After start of treatment how long is pink eye contagious

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Since antibiotic eye drops are used from 5-10 days, and not all pink eye (conjunctivitis) is bacterial (viral and allergic conjunctivitis does not respond to antibiotic drops), I usually tell my patients to use the drops at least 24 hours and see an improvement before returning to school (assuming this is a child). The drops should be administered at school on the same schedule. Adults are less likely to spread this infection simply because they practice a higher level of personal hygiene, so returning to work is usually not restricted unless the infection is extensive.

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