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My daughter has pink eye and it seems to be getting better. When can I send her back to school?

Pink eye (conjunctivitis) generally remains contagious as long as the eye continues to tear and produce a discharge. Bacterial conjunctivitis lasts two to five days, and shorter if an antibiotic drop is administered. In general the patient can return to school or day care as soon as the symptoms of redness and discharge are greatly improved. Viral conjunctivitis can last for up to 14 days. There is no curative treatment for viral conjunctivitis. It is appropriate for a child to return to school or child care when tearing and discharge are greatly improved.

Answered by: Jane C. Edmond, MDDr. Jane C. Edmond

Categories: Children's Eye Health, Eye Infections

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