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

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

You cant: If it's viral (most are), nothing will alter its course. If its bacterial, antibiotic can shorten course by a few days. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) (Definition)

"Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. "Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. ...Read more


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

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

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Tell me how do I get rid of pink eye?

Tell me how do I get rid of pink eye?

Wait: Viral infection which causes pink eye run their course over 7 days. There is no specific cure. Only adjunctive supportive therapy is advocated. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of pink eye on 1yr old with sick siblings?

Self limited: Pink eye is self limited, just make sure your one year old does not have clogged tear ducts. In a one year old this could mimic pink eye. An ophthalmologist should exam your child to rule this out as well as more serious conditions if this persists. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of pink eye on 13 yr old?

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 more

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Can I tell me how I can get rid of pink eye?

Can I tell me how I can get rid of pink eye?

Wait: Most cases resolve without treatment in a week. If you treat it, it goes away in 7 days. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of pink eye symptoms fastest?

How can I get rid of pink eye symptoms fastest?

Depends: On cause. Viral 4-7 days. Bacterial may improve 1-2 day once antibiotic is started. Allergic, well it could be challenging. Hand wash always. Refresh tears are helpful. See eye doctor. ...Read more

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What is the best remedy to get rid of pink eye?

What is the best remedy to get rid of pink eye?

None: Steroid drops may help the symptoms, but the disease must run its course. ...Read more

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Looking for answer to how do you get rid of pink eye?

Looking for answer to how do you get rid of pink eye?

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. ...Read more

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What can I do to help my get rid of pink eye in my toddler?

See an eye doctor: A red eye in a toddler should be evaluated by a pediatric ophthalmologist to diagnose and then properly treat what the cause of the pink eye is. ...Read more

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How to get rid of pink eye.

How to get rid of pink eye.

You treat the: Underlying cause. It could be infectious or allergic. Treatment is done according to the cause. See your doctor. ...Read more

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How to get rid of pink eye?

Pink eye: Pink eye (conjunctivitis) refers to redness on the white of the eye and the insides of the lids caused by irritation, allergy, infection and others (glaucoma, etc). Irritation or foreign body just needs irrigation of the eye with clean water. Allergy, - antihistamines. Bacterial infection - antibiotics. Viral - antibiotics plus steroid eye drops. Ophthalmologists usually prescribe steroid eye drop. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get rid of pink eye?

How long does it take to get rid of pink eye?

Depends: Viral-- up to a couple of weeks. Bacterial-- a couple of days if treated allergic-- can be chronic. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of pink eye at night without medicine?

How can I get rid of pink eye at night without medicine?

Give it some time: Unfortunately, pink eye is caused by the common cold virus. As such, there is no medication or treatment that is proven to help speed up recovery. Your best option is to use artificial tear drops every hour or so in order to flush extra virus from the surface of your eye. This has been shown to speed recovery by a couple of days. ...Read more

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

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 more

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Need advice on what is the the quickest way to get rid of pink eye?

Need advice on what is the the quickest way to get rid of pink eye?

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

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What should I ask doctor about how to get rid of pink eye?

Pink eye: There are two basic types, infective (contagious) and non infective, and the treatment for each is different. Best to see an ophthalmologist if your family doctor cannot differentiate the two. ...Read more

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the thin mucous membrane that lines the front surface of the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids. As the inflammation increases, it causes tiny blood vessels to dilate, thus leading to a ...Read more