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My 14yr old son has had covid for about 4 days now. he has had a stuffy nose with no temp and thats about it. today he woke up with what looks like pink eye in both eyes. should i just give him eye drops? i also have maxitrol drops would that work?

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Dr. Deborah Ungerleider answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Pink eye/ conjunctivitis is generally not a symptom/ sign of COVID. Please contact his doctor for proper evaluation & treatment. Maxitrol does have antibiotic in it but also contains a steroid which may not be appropriate for his conjunctivitis. Also, some conjunctivitis is viral which would not be treated with Maxitrol.

Answered 9/25/2021

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Dr. Harold Peltan answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, occurs in Covid between 3-33% of patients according to published reports. Some of the first cases in China presented to the ophthalmologist with pink eye. No drops are necessary. It will go away as your son recovers. Make sure he does not rub his eyes and also washes his hands frequently to reduce transmission. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32860573/

Answered 9/24/2021

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh answered

Specializes in Pediatric Allergy and Asthma

If there is drainage, a local opthalmic antibiotic may be indicated. Review MIS C with your physician and watch for signs of breathing difficulty, GI symptoms and rapid changes. Discuss the COVID-19 vaccine in two months A virtual consult with Healthtap is available.

Answered 9/26/2021

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