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Dr. Cheryl Coldwater
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Three types: There are three different problems called "pink eye". Bacteria pink eye causes redness and pus in the eye all day. This needs antibiotics. Virus and allergy pink eyes look very similar- redness and possible drainage in the morning, but mostly tearing during the day. They will clear up on their own. Just keep the eyes clean with clear water and wash your hands well. Call doctor if getting worse.
Dr. Charles Titone
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Wait: This is a self limited viral disease. If the vision is decreased or you have pain or light sensitivity you may need treatment with steroid drops. An eye doctor evaluation is always indicated when you have an eye infection. Pink eye is contageous.
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Time and treatement: Depends on cause, but with time it should go away if viral. If bacgterial, you may need antibiotic drops. If due to dry eyes, you may need to treat the dry eyes, start with an artificial tear one drop 4 times a day. If not resolving, or vision decreased, or pain, you should have an eye exam by eye md.

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How do you get rid of pink eye before it gets really bad?

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Dr. Kristi Kohl
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Topical antibiotics: True pink-eye, bacterial conjunctivitis, needs treatment with antibiotic eye drops. It's characterized by mattering of the eyes and severe burning and itching. Viral, allergic, or chemical conjunctivitis can sometimes cause a milder burning or itching. Treating allergies or avoiding the chemical irritation can sometimes keep these from turning into bacterial conjunctivitis.
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How can I get rid of watery pink eye?

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Dr. Benjamin Chun
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Depends on the cause: If its cause by allergies, then allergy medications can help. If its bacterial, then antibiotics. However if its viral, it will just go away when its ready. However, you can use artificial tears in all circumstances and it may help. I would see your eye md to determine the cause to treat appropriately.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How do I get rid of pink eye using OTC meds?

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Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
You cant: If it's viral (most are), nothing will alter its course. If its bacterial, antibiotic can shorten course by a few days.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How do I prevent pink eye?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Preventing pink eye: To prevent pink eye- Avoid close contact with people who have pink eye (as nose/throat droplets can spread infection). Your hands can become infected by touching secretions on someone's hand or on contaminated surfaces. Wash hands often – especially before touching your eyes.
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I'd really like to know how to get rid of a pink eye?

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Dr. Rajesh Khanna
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Wait: Viral infection which causes pink eye run their course over 7 days. There is no specific cure. Only adjunctive supportive therapy is advocated. These include contact precautions, washing hands, cleaning eyes with warm water. Rose water may be helpful.

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