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Will Pink Eye Go Away On Its Own
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
Maybe: Majority of 'pinkeye' in adults is viral, like a cold, and often will go away on it's own. Bacterial pinkeye may go away on its own but often requires treatment so it gets better quicker and prevents further problems. See your eye md for examination and treatment recommendations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually 2-3 weeks: Pink eye or viral conjunctivitis is usually an acute condition caused by adenovirus (like the common cold). Most cases will resolve in a few weeks but some can be prolonged. There are many other causes of conjunctivitis so any additional or more severe symptoms should be examined by your eye doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Depends on cause. Viral can be 7-21 days. If it is due to dry eyes, it may not go away until you treat the underlying condition. You need to be examined to determine cause and treatment. You will then have a better idea of how long it will take to resolve or if you need treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3-10 days: Pink eye, if diagnosed properly as a viral infection of the lining of the eye, has a usual lifespan of 3-10 days. Then it will rapidly improve. ...Read more
Up to: 2 weeks, usually.Get a more detailed answer ›
I'm pretty sure my daughter has pink eye. Will it go away if I just keep cleaning it or do I need to get meds? She says it doesn't hurt.
Pink Eye can spread: Pink eye can spread and is contagious, so you have to keep your hands clean, and washed after touching her eyes, and keep her towels separate from other family members. She needs to be kept home away from day care, as this can affect other babies too. Call her pediatrician for treatment options. Drops may needed if secondary bacterial infection is present, and that may mean seeing an eye doctor. ...Read more
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
My eyes are extremely red/itchy & have been this way for a week & 1/2. It's not pink eye/i tried drops for that & it didn't go away. What could it be?
I think I may have pink eye, don't really have the money to go to the Dr. Is there anything else I can do to help it Go away?
Compresses, massage: You can try warm compresses every hour while you are awake along with tear duct massage 4 times a day. To massage your tear duct, place your clean pinky finger in the inner corner of your eye and make little circle motions with it massaging towards your nose. Gently wipe out discharge from eyes with clean cloth only. If not better in 3-4 days, then you really need to go to an urgent care center. ...Read more
What should be one to treat pink eye in a toddler? Is a doctor visit necessary or will it go away usually on its own in a few days?
Is erythromycin oinment for pink eye safe to use while nursing? Also if I don't use an antibiotic for bacterial pink eye will it go away?
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