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How do I get rid of pink eye using home remedies or OTC meds?

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Dr. Mark Pyfer
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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