When Is Pink Eye Contagious?

Q:
When is pink eye contagious?

A:
Viral and bacterial pink eye are highly contagious and can be easily spread from person to person. Allergic pink eye is not contagious.

Pink eye can be highly contagious for as long as two weeks after its symptoms begin. When the pink eye becomes severe, its infectious ability also increases. So, shaking hands with people whose hands have attached with eye secretions, or touching the same place where people with pink eye have touched will increase the possibility of being infected.

If you or someone around you has infectious pink eye, you should be careful in the process of contract. Remember to wash your hands often and do not touch your eyes with your hands.

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