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A 45-year-old male asked:

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?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Pediatrics 38 years experience
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.
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Dr. George Yanik
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
true pink eye is a virus, specifically the cold virus. Treatment of same is with artificial tears as needed, chicken soup and time.
Sep 20, 2021
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
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/
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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 38 years experience
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.
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Last updated Sep 26, 2021

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