Ho is bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye) prevented?

Updated: Jan 03, 2019
  • Author: Karen K Yeung, OD, FAAO; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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Hygiene and avoidance of close patient contact and fomites deter bacterial conjunctivitis with infected individuals. Patients and household members should be educated to pay attention to hygiene and the avoidance of close proximity with the infected individual. It is customary to advise the infected individual to avoid sharing napkins, towels, pillow cases, and linens.

A patient with bacterial conjunctivitis should wash hands often and avoid contaminating public swimming pools. Workers and students often are excused from work or school during the first several days of treatment to decrease the possibility of spread.


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