How long does pink eye last?
There are different types of pink eye: viral, bacterial, and allergic. How long your pink eye lasts will depend on what type it is. Viral pink eye typically goes away within a week or two on its own. (There’s no treatment that will cure viral pink eye.) Bacterial pink eye can last a month or longer, even with antibiotic eye drops. Allergic pink eye is likely to remain a problem as long as you’re in contact with whatever it is that you’re allergic to. Both viral and bacterial pink eye are contagious, although you usually can’t spread the bacterial kind after 24 hours on antibiotic treatment. Allergic pink eye is not contagious.
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