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My daughter is having a discharge from her eyes.. Can i buy medicine over the counter?

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Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Most don't help

Discharge is most likely a sign of infection, which will not respond well to otc medications.
Pus-like discharge may be a bacterial infection, which can be highly contagious, and can be treated with antibiotic eye drops. Viral infections are very common, highly contagious, and are not treatable with antibiotics. Allergy can give a watery discharge with itching. Zaditor (ketotifen) and alaway otc might help.

In brief: Most don't help

Discharge is most likely a sign of infection, which will not respond well to otc medications.
Pus-like discharge may be a bacterial infection, which can be highly contagious, and can be treated with antibiotic eye drops. Viral infections are very common, highly contagious, and are not treatable with antibiotics. Allergy can give a watery discharge with itching. Zaditor (ketotifen) and alaway otc might help.
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Dr. Andrew Dahl
Ophthalmology

In brief: Use warm compresses

There is no over the counter medicine that is useful.
Try using warm compresses to the closed eye lids 3 x a day for a few minutes. If this persists, see your pediatrician. Discharge often accompanies a cold in children and usually clears on its own.

In brief: Use warm compresses

There is no over the counter medicine that is useful.
Try using warm compresses to the closed eye lids 3 x a day for a few minutes. If this persists, see your pediatrician. Discharge often accompanies a cold in children and usually clears on its own.
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