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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

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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Pink eye from leaving contacts in too long. How do I get rid of it by tomorrow?

Pink eye from leaving contacts in too long. How do I get rid of it by tomorrow?

Pink eye: If they are both red and you are having discharge from your eyes, have them seen, to get drops. It more than likely will not go away, without treatment. Also, be careful not to leave your contacts in too long, regularly. It can cause abrasions on your cornea. ...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?

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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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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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?

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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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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Does oral amoxicillan get rid of pink eye?

Does oral amoxicillan get rid of pink eye?

Pink eye: Usually caused by a virus but other causes include bacterial infection, irritations e.g chemical and allergies. Each cause require different management. In the case of bacterial conjunctivitis management will be topical ophthalmic antibiotics rather than oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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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

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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 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 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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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

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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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What should I do to get rid of pink eye at home without going to see a doctor?

Hope!: Use artificial ears and keep your fingers crossed. If it persists, call your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Can I use erythromycin and eye drops to get rid of pink eye faster?

Can I use erythromycin and eye drops to get rid of pink eye faster?

Depends. . .: Yes if pink eye is due to bacteria sensitive to Erythromycin but no if pink eye is due to some other cause. That's why it's important to go see your family doc or optometrist for an evaluation and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a recurring pink eye?

How do I get rid of a recurring pink eye?

Pink eye!: You need to identify the underlying cause. Is it infectious (viral, bacterial, fungal), allergic, dry eye, or some other systemic or autoimmune condition. Try artificial tears and oral omega-3's (evoa dry eye supplements). You may be having an allergy to Polymyxin B and trimethoprim, if you are still using, or using off and on. ...Read more

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I'd really like to know how to get rid of a pink eye?

I'd really like to know how to get rid of a 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. These include contact precautions, washing hands, cleaning eyes with warm water. Rose water may be helpful. ...Read more

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What is the technical definition of pink eye and how do you get rid of it?

A virus infection: The term "pink eye" usually refers viral conjunctivitis. It is highly contagious. Because it is not due to a bacterial, antibiotic drops are not effective. The infection will go away by itself, just as in the common cold. Topical artificial tears can help with symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a date in 24 hours and just woke up with pink eye how do I get rid of it by tommorow night?

I have a date in 24 hours and just woke up with pink eye how do I get rid of it by tommorow night?

See your doctor: Is the quickest way. There are some great medical eye drops that can make an improvement in 24 hours if it is infectious. If it is allergic then you may find that over the counter clear eyes helps. Similisan also makes a great homeopathic eye drop that will help...But the quickest way for infectious pink eye are prescription eye drops from a practitioner. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of watery pink eye?

How can I get rid of watery pink eye?

Depends on the cause: If its cause by allergies, then allergy medications can help. If its bacterial, then antibiotics. However if its viral, it will just go away when its ready. However, you can use artificial tears in all circumstances and it may help. I would see your eye md to determine the cause to treat appropriately. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of my pink eye very fast without eye drops?

How can I get rid of my pink eye very fast without eye drops?

Give it time: 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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I have pink eye and I know it's viral. What can I do at home to get rid of it?

I have pink eye and I know it's viral. What can I do at home to get rid of it?

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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My daughter is 4 yrs of age & woke up this morning with pink eye, how can I get rid of it?

Depends on what the: Pink eye really just means a red eye. It can be caused by allergies, viruses and bacterial. If both eyes are red then allergies are the more likely. If there is a lot of discharge and it looks fairly goopy (muco-purulent), you may want to call you doctor. Sometimes they will call out a medication. Other times, based on symptoms, they will like to see you. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pink eye in both eyes, one is wose then the other. How can I get rid of it quickly?

You can't: Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is a viral infection that must run its own course. You can use over the counter drops to help with redness and irritation, but these do not alter the course of the infection. ...Read more

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I have puffiness under my right eye and it hurts will some sort of pink eye medicine help get rid of it?

I have puffiness under my right eye and it hurts will some sort of pink eye medicine help get rid of it?

NO eye drop needed: Swelling (edema) & pain under the eye is probably not 'pink eye' (conjuctivitis) but a possible skin infection (cellulitis). You should get seen by your provider and you may need an antibiotic. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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I have had pink eye about 6 times since january. I will get rid of it only for it to come back a week later. I have tried numerous drops what do I do?

See Ophthalmologist: Have you been treated by a doctor, or simply used otc drops? At this point I recommend an eye specialist, an ophthalmologist to do a through exam, possible a culture, and determine what is going on.
A si, ple conjunctivitis should not recur so many times. Get it checked out. ...Read more

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I had severe pink eye that took up to three weeks to get rid of. I am finally getting minimal discharge but now my eye sight is a little blurry. Is that normal?

I had severe pink eye that took up to three weeks to get rid of. I am finally getting minimal discharge but now my eye sight is a little blurry. Is that normal?

Viral conjunctivitis: It sounds like you have had a relatively severe form of pink eye called Epidemic Keratoconjunctivitis or EKC. Unfortunately, with EKC once the acute weeping, redness, and swelling die down there is often a residual inflammation in the cornea that can make the vision blurry. See your eye MD for possible treatment with steroid eye drops. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of lingering pink eye? My son comes down with pink eye at least once a month (thanks, kindergarten!). It usually clears up in a couple of days, but when I catch it from him, I usually have it for a week or more. What's the deal? I'm heal

How can I get rid of lingering pink eye? My son comes down with pink eye at least once a month (thanks, kindergarten!). It usually clears up in a couple of days, but when I catch it from him, I usually have it for a week or more. What's the deal? I'm heal

Kids: Kids bring home lots of viruses, and you seem to be rather susceptible. You will catch things less if you wash your hands before touching your eyes. If you get pink eye that you did not catch from your son, then it may be something completely different, and you should see an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Does visine or clear eyes get rid of the redness from pink eye?

Perhaps, but beware!: Visine or clear eyes are otc eye drops sold for red or itchy eyes. These medications work primarily by vasoconstriction of the inflamed blood vessels of the outer layer of the eye--common to eye allergies or irritation. However, these are not useful for red eyes due to infection. It is best to consult with your eye doctor to select the best treatment for you. An eye antibiotic may prove better. ...Read more

Dr. Jon Fishburn
761 Doctors shared insights

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