Patient Comments: Pink Eye - Facts

Did your pinkeye spread to any other members of your family?

Comment from: henrysmom, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

We went to San Diego with the high school band. One of the chaperones had pinkeye in both eyes so bad that she wore her sunglasses inside and outside for the first day and a half. About 10 days later, our son had a horrible cough/ cold and pinkeye. Five days later, my husband got a milder case of it. Now, five days later, I have it in both eyes, along with a sore throat and bad cough. All thanks to the "princess" that couldn't stay home when she should have.

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Comment from: Shine, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I've had pinkeye over and over in the past month. Like a fool, I continue to wear makeup. I ran out of the meds the doctor gave me. So I threw out all my makeup and bought new stuff and more drops (Polysporin Antibiotic Eye/Ear Drops). I haven't touched my new makeup yet � I refuse to until the pinkeye is cleared up, although it is very tempting. I also boiled all my shower stuff, including my eyelash crimper and tweezers, for at least an hour. I let my makeup case sit in very hot water to try to save what I can. I wash the door handles every day and change my bedding regularly. The latest time I got pinkeye, I was still using my old drops for at least a week. Now I've been using Polysporin drops for a week. I've read that pinkeye can last 7 to 14 days. My eyes aren't red anymore but I still get a tiny bit of discharge. When I put the drops in it causes an unbearable itch. I'm trying my best not to touch my eyes. I don't know if I should continue to use my drops or if this will cause more bacterial infection. I don't want to have to pay $75 to see the doctor again. I miss wearing makeup.

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Comment from: SammyNRobby, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

The very next morning after my 15 month old had shown symptoms of pinkeye, my 2 year old did too. Now they're both home, I got the drops and I am trying to keep everything and everybody clean. I guess we will see if anyone else gets it too. I am hoping that I did not spread it at daycare.

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Comment from: rebecca8, 35-44 (Patient) Published: March 07

I got pink eye 14 days ago. It cleared without antibiotics in 5 days. Two days later my husband got it. It cleared up in three days. I woke up this morning and I have it again. And the symptoms are worse this time.

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Comment from: RickyN, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 19

The first time I had pinkeye, it did spread to others in my family, as I didn't know about it at all. But the second time I kept my hands really clean and took all precautions and ensured it didn't spread to anyone other than myself. Yes it's very, very, contagious on touch. And you have to make very sure you don't spread it or contribute to its spread.

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Comment from: Emmalou, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 05

My son has pink eye. It has been going around the school. We are washing hands and all surfaces and towels, etc. We have four younger children. Warm Chamomile tea bags left on the eyes for 10 minutes multiple times a day do help. Dabbing a cotton ball in the tea and brushing the eye lid help for younger children who do not like to sit still.

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Comment from: Martiann, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

I got pinkeye about two weeks ago. When the heat came on my eyes would tear up. I tried allergy eye drops and that didn't help. I changed to hypo-allergenic mascara and my eyes watered more. Going without makeup was terrible and finally I succumbed to the doctor and got antibiotic drops which burned dreadfully. Now I am feeling better and hope that eye disease is gone forever. I am 62 and never had anything like this before. I may have gotten it from my grandchildren. My daughter had it 2 1/2 years ago when she had her 2nd baby. She couldn't see how to back up and hit a fence on her way to the hospital. Her episode lasted a week.

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Published: January 04

Yes. 33 year old female, mother, had pink eye and now a week later the 3 year old female daughter has pink eye.

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