Is viral conjunctivitis contagious?

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Piper A. Calasanti-Ayuste, MD
Pediatrics
Viral conjunctivitis (an inflammation of the clear membranes covering the white of the eye and the inner side of the eyelid) is contagious.  Children with viral conjunctivitis may need to stay home from school until the fever or other symptoms resolve. The same viruses that are responsible for colds and infections of the ear, sinuses and throat can also cause viral conjunctivitis. Children with viral conjunctivitis do not benefit from taking antibiotics. 

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