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How long does pink eye last with treatment?

How long does pink eye last with treatment?

3-10 days: Almost all "pink eye" is due to one of 40 or so viruses. Each one has a time frame which varies from 3-10 days, so yours will take the amount of time in which it is a member. Treatment has no actual effect; most with this condition are given anti-bacterials as there is no specific anti-viral for these viruses, so treatment makes no difference. ...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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What is the most effective treatment for pink eye?

What is the most effective treatment for pink eye?

Pink eye: This depends on the cause of the pink eye, bacterial pink eye requires antibiotic drops, viral pink eye requires antiviral drops, allergic pink eye may require Patanol (olopatadine) and or steroid drops, and dry eye pink eye requires appropriate wetting agents. ...Read more

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I have pink eye. What happens if I don't get treatment?

I have pink eye. What happens if I don't get treatment?

Nothing: Takes longer to recover. Sometimes can have subepithelial corneal infiltrates. Steroids may help to heal faster. Most often resolve on their own with time. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pink eye: need an urgent home treatment?

What to do if I have pink eye: need an urgent home treatment?

Pink eye: Antibiotic eye drops can be used to treat bacterial pink eye. Most viral conjunctivitis does not require treatment (but antiviral meds may used if it is a herpes simplex virus infection). Allergic conjunctivitis may be treated with mast cell stabilizers or antihistamines. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pink eye (conjunctivitis), what happens if I don't get treatment?

What to do if I have pink eye (conjunctivitis), what happens if I don't get treatment?

Not to worry: There are a number of viruses which cause this and the length of infection can be from 5-10 days. There is no specific treatment; just drops for comfort. Almost all clear without treatment.If you are ten days or more out and still have the problem, go back to your ophthalmologist for a second look. ...Read more

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How long after you start treatment for pink eye will the redness go?

Depends on cause: Classic pink eye is a viral illness with a time frame of 3-8 days in most cases for the virus to be conquered and the eye to normalize. The redness will drop and disappear within these time frames depending upon which virus is the cause. There are other causes for eye redness so check in with your ophthalmologist for the best solution. ...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