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Does walgreens have OTC pink eye medicine?

Does walgreens have OTC pink eye medicine?

Yes: If you eyes become infected you should see your ophthalmologist as there are many causes. Walgreens has antiallergic medication for the eyes and topical "gets the red out" drops as well. If you are confident that your eyes are not infected, you can use one of these. If your eye hurts, the vision is down, or there is swelling and discharge, you should see an ophthalmologist. ...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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Is there an OTC medicine for pink eye or should I go see my doctor?

Is there an OTC medicine for pink eye or should I go see my doctor?

Best to see your doc: Pink eye is highly contagious, so see you doc and get treated asap. Also if it turns out to be something more serious, a trip to the doctor could save your eyesight. ...Read more

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What OTC can i give to my son he has early signs of pink eye.

What OTC can i give to my son he has early signs of pink eye.

Conjunctivitis: Conjunctivitis can either be caused by allergy, viruses or bacteria. Allergic causes can be relieved by Benedryl, Zyrtec or Claritin (loratadine). Viral causes are self limiting (meaning there is no specific treatment, contagious but resolve on their own). Bacterial causes are treatable only by prescription antibiotic drops. Careful handwashing and avoiding towel sharing can help reduce spread to others. ...Read more

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My daughters eye is red and painful. How can I tell if its pink eye until I get her to dr.? What OTC can I give her for pain?

My daughters eye is red and painful.  How can I tell if its pink eye until I get her to dr.? What OTC can I give her for pain?

She needs examinatio: Your daughter is 32 years old and has painful red eye, she most probabely has bacterial or viral conjunctivitis and over the counter meds will not help except tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprophen for pain, till she sees her doc or opthalmologist. ...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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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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Need help when my pink eye is over, can I use OTC eyedrops for allergies?

Need help when my pink eye is over, can I use OTC eyedrops for allergies?

Yes.: There is no contraindication of using allergy drops after a pink eye. However, pink eye may lead to some dry eye symptoms, and allergy drops may exacerbate dry eyes as well. Otc artificial tears may help if this occurs. ...Read more

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The inside corner of my eye is red and hurts. Doesn't look like pink eye but have the discharge when I wake up. Any OTC to help? Can't afford doctor.

The inside corner of my eye is red and hurts. Doesn't look like pink eye but have the discharge when I wake up. Any OTC to help? Can't afford doctor.

Go to doctor: This is important because it could lead to something much more severe. it sounds like a infection in the tear drainage tube from the center of the eye. I realize this is a hardship but so it severe illness. OTC at this point will not help get rid of the problem. Go very soon. BEst wishes ...Read more

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

Conjunctivitis is 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 the tiny blood vessels in the conjunctiva to dilate, thus leading to a redness of the eye. Depending on the cause of the conjunctitis there can also be itching, irritation, and discharge ...Read more