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Pink Eye Treatment

Returning to Work or School

Most schools and daycare centers require at least 24 hours of treatment before returning. To significantly reduce the chances of spreading pink eye, it is best to stay home even longer, until there is no longer any discharge from the eye.
This may not be practical for most people, so make sure that as long as symptoms are present you wash your hands frequently and follow the pink eye prevention strategies.

Do You Wear Contacts?

If you wear contacts and are diagnosed with either viral or bacterial conjunctivitis, you should throw away the disposable lenses that you were wearing and the lens case. Nondisposable lenses should be disinfected overnight. You also should not wear contacts again until the eye is white and there is no discharge.
People on antibiotics should wait for 24 hours after the antibiotics have been stopped before wearing contacts again.
Finally, people who wear contacts are at increased risk for some more serious conditions that also cause a red or pink eye. Therefore, it is important that you do not self-diagnose yourself with pink eye from a virus, bacteria, or allergies. See your healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis, even if you think the condition is conjunctivitis.
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