Should I call in sick for pink eye?
You don’t need to miss work because of pink eye, but you should practise good hygiene.
There are some instances where it may be better to avoid work to prevent the spread of infection.
For example, if you work in close proximity with people, you might want to stay at home until you no longer have symptoms..
How can you infect someone with pink eye?
Viral conjunctivitis is highly contagious. Most viruses that cause conjunctivitis spread through hand-to-eye contact by hands or objects that are contaminated with the infectious virus. Having contact with infectious tears, eye discharge, fecal matter, or respiratory discharges can contaminate hands.
How can you tell if conjunctivitis is viral or bacterial?
Viral conjunctivitis usually lasts longer than bacterial conjunctivitis. If conjunctivitis does not resolve with antibiotics after 3 to 4 days, the physician should suspect that the infection is viral. Bacterial conjunctivitis is characterized by mucopurulent discharge with matting of the eyelids.
Should adults with pink eye stay home?
Viral and bacterial pink eye are both highly contagious. Both adults and children can get pink eye and should stay away from work, school, or daycare until their symptoms clear.
Can you go to work with conjunctivitis?
If you have conjunctivitis but do not have fever or other symptoms, you may be allowed to remain at work or school with your doctor’s approval. However, if you still have symptoms, and your activities at work or school include close contact with other people, you should not attend.
How long are you contagious with pink eye?
Pinkeye that’s caused by bacteria can spread to others as soon as symptoms appear and for as long as there’s discharge from the eye — or until 24 hours after antibiotics are started. Conjunctivitis that’s caused by a virus is generally contagious before symptoms appear and can remain so as long as the symptoms last.