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Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) (cont.)

Is It Possible to Prevent Pinkeye?

The single most important way to prevent a contagious pinkeye is to wash hands frequently. Unfortunately, once a viral conjunctivitis begins in one eye, it is likely the other eye will become affected soon after. The virus has an incubation period in which the virus can spread prior to the onset of symptoms, making prevention difficult. In spite of this, it is still a good idea to practice good hygiene by minimizing exposure to the affected eye's tears and secretions. This means, in addition to frequent hand washing, you should avoid eye rubbing, consider changing your pillowcase and towels daily, and dispose of any tissues that come into contact with the eye. Ask your doctor if you should dispose of contact lenses and cases or eye makeup.


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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/11/2017

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