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I was diagnosed with viral conjuctivitis 7 days ago. The symptoms

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I was diagnosed with viral conjuctivitis 7 days ago. The symptoms have worsened over the past 24-48 hours. I have also developed 2 small white areas within the redness that currently consumes the white of my eyes. My eyes are more watery than ever, and they're becoming extremely irritated compared to prior days. Should I be worried?
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This could still be pink eye. The white areas could be just places on your conjunctiva that are not so irritated.

The other possibility is that you now have a secondary bacterial infection...without examining you it is hard to say.

I suggest, since the weekend is coming up quick, you see an ophthalmologist today just to make sure nothing else is going on.

Does this make sense to you?

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

So the fact that it has worsened over the past 2 days shouldn't be of any real concern? Also, is it really possible to have a superimposed bacterial infection when I've been on anti-biotic eyedrops since Monday? How long would you generally expect this condition to last and what is my level of contagiousness at this point? I am a student physical therapist on a clinical internship working with kids. I only have room to miss this week. I have to go back Monday.


Yes, you are correct, although it is unusual for things to get worse at this point.

You could have a bacterial infection even on the drops....

It lasts 2 to 3 weeks....

If you wash your hands a lot yo should be OK to work.

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