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How Do I Get Rid Of Pink Eye Using Home Remedies Or Otc Meds
Viral infection: Classic pink eye results from adenovirus or rhinovirus, and is self-limited. Should clear without treatment in 3 to 7 days. Antibiotic drops only help if bacterial component, usually accompanied by yellow mucus discharge. Itching and redness of viral conjunctivitis can be relieved with otc antihistamine-vasoconstrictor drops like naphcon a. If symptoms last longer than 5 days see eye doctor. ...Read more
Hope!: Use artificial ears and keep your fingers crossed. If it persists, call your ophthalmologist. ...Read more
Depends: Most "pinkeye" or conjunctivitis is actually viral, so antibiotic eye drops are usually not effective. Viral conjunctivitis tends to run it's course in 7-10 days. It can be very contagious, spreading from one eye to the other or to other people. Hand washing is essential. To be certain it is not a more serious bacterial or fungal infection, you should see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: If you have viral conjunctivitis, it may take up to a couple of weeks, but a red eye doesn't necessarily mean its viral conjunctivitis (aka "pinkeye"). Could be allergies, dry eye or lid inflammation, for instance. I would try some artificial tears and if its not any better, see an ophthalmologist to determine the cause. I would be wary of "get the red out" drops since they can be addictive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually can't: Pink eye is a common term for viral, bacterial or allergic conjunctivitis. If its viral, it will resolve on its own, but artificial tears may help. Bacterial needs to be treated with antibiotics, and allergy can be treated with antihistamine/mast cell inhibitors. Have him see an ophthalmologist to find out what he has. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Viral conjunctivitis: Pink eye is almost always caused by a virus. True bacterial conjunctivitis is actually extremely rare. Because of this antibiotics typically do not help pink eye and unfortunately you just have to let it run it's course. Lubricating drops and sometimes steroid drops can help with your symptoms. That being said there are many causes of a red eye and you should see your eye dr for further evaluatio. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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