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I'm about to get pink eye, don't have money for a visit, what are some home remedies or at least over-the-counter medicine for cheap that will stop it?

I'm about to get pink eye, don't have money for a visit, what are some home remedies or at least over-the-counter medicine for cheap that will stop it?

Self limited: If you have eye redness, decent vision, and a clear discharge with minimal pain and no light sensitivity, then viral conjunctivitis (pink eye) is likely. This is a self limited disease which has no actual specific treatment. You can use warm or cool soaks for comfort which the condition clears in 3-8 days in most cases. ...Read more

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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 any over the counter eye drops for pink eye? Or anything I can get at a drug store to make it go away?

Is there any over the counter eye drops for pink eye? Or anything I can get at a drug store to make it go away?

"Pink eye": There are many causes for a red eye, including trauma, eye disease (glaucoma, retinal detachment), allergies, and infection (bacterial or viral). Treatment depends on the cause and your primary care doctor can help you sort this out. Over the counter allergy treatments are available, but most causes require Rx, intervention or observation. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter medication treats pink eye?

What over-the-counter medication treats pink eye?

Bacterial--none: If the "pink eye" is bacterial an antibiotic is needed. If the eye is "pink" from an allergy, otc opcon an is a good choice. ...Read more

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What's a good over-the-counter medicine that's cheap for pink eye?

What's a good over-the-counter medicine that's cheap for pink eye?

Artificial tears!: There really is not an over the counter med good for pink eye. Pink eye is typically caused by a virus and any drops only help with the symptoms while the condition runs its course. You can use preservative free artificial tears as frequent as you like if the provide comfort. Cool compresses may help as well. Be careful to wash your hands and not spread the pink eye to others. ...Read more

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I was wondering if anybody knows any over-the-counter cures for pink eye?

I was wondering if anybody knows any over-the-counter cures for pink eye?

None really: Most "pinkeye" or conjunctivitis is actually viral, so eye drops, including antibiotics, are usually not effective. Viral conjunctivitis tends to run its 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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How do I know if I have pink eye and are there any over-the-counter remedies?

How do I know if I have pink eye and are there any over-the-counter remedies?

Allergic/Viral/Bacte: Pink eye is lay mans term for redness in the eye, can be caused by different conditions allergic conjunctivitis little redness, swelling and itching
viral infection especially adenovirus, herpes zoster, can be with severe pain, intolerance to light and vision problem
baterial infection which will present with redness, discharge and pain
subconjunctival hemorrhage redness only, no pain/itching
see md. ...Read more

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I am 99% sure I have pink eye. With no time or access to a doctor, what is the best eye drops or cream to get over the counter?

Tears : Pink eye typically refers to viral conjunctivitis. It usually affects both eyes and because it is due to a virus, is treated symptomatically with otc preservative-free artificial tears. Problem is that this cannot be self- diagnosed. There are many causes of a red eye, some of which can be quite serious. You need to see an eye md for diagnosis and treatment. ...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 (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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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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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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How long after you start treatment for pink eye will the redness go?

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

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Visited our son who was on his 3rd day of treatment for pink eye, I developed it 7 days later, after a 2-day visit. Could I have gotten it from him?

Visited our son who was on his 3rd day of treatment for pink eye, I developed it 7 days later, after a 2-day visit.  Could I have gotten it from him?

Yes, very likely: Viral conjunctivitis and pink eye is highly contagious. Take careful measures to prevent the spread to your other eye and any others you contact. ...Read more

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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

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Are tetracaine hydrochloide eye drops helpful in the treatment for pink eye?

No: Tetracaine will only numb the eye. This can potentially obscure an underlying problem. ...Read more

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Any natural treatment for pink eye? I have been using refresh eye drops.

Any natural treatment for pink eye? I have been using refresh eye drops.

"Pink : "Pink eye" is a generic term used for viral infections of the eye. Typically, it is self-limiting but highly contagious. In the most common presentation if left untreated it will resolve by itself. So as far as natural treatments for pink eye, I would only recommend artificial tears or saline solution to rinse or debulk the viral load. However, if the condition worsens then it is best to discontinue all drops and seek the advise of your doctor. You never want to miss a possible bacterial infection that would require antibiotics! ...Read more

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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