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A 40-year-old female asked:

My 10 year old has pink eye. she has had a runny nose for several days and today her eye progressively got more red and swollen. can a prescription be sent to our preferred pharmacy or do i have to take her to the doctor for a prescription?

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Dr. Colton Bradshaw
Specializes in Pediatrics
Not all pinkeye same: Although a runny nose and now red and swollen eyes are often called "pink eye"--this is not caused by any single one entity. Fortunately, your pediatrician by examining not just the eyes but also the ears, throat and sinuses can determine if an oral antibiotic would also be required in addition to Rx antibiotic eye drops. If allergy oriented, then an approach with antihistamines would be better.
Dr. Deepak Raja
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
See a doc: After being seen by a pediatrician, they may want to send her to an eye doctor. Bacterial conjunctivitis is relatively rare and antibiotic drops are not usually indicated. It could be allergic, viral or lid inflammation (blepharitis). If it is viral conjunctivitis, your eye doctor can prescribe medications to help with the symptoms.

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