Remedies For Pink Eye: What to Do and When to See a Doctor

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  • Anti-inflammatory medications to reduce inflammation and redness 
  • corticosteroids in cases of severe conjunctivitis 
  • Mild forms of bacterial pink eye often improve within two to five days without antibiotics. However, the infection can last for up to two weeks, so it’s important to talk to your doctor to determine the best course of treatment. 

    To prevent future infections, throw away contaminated soft contact lenses and eye makeup. Rigid contact lenses should be disinfected or replaced. 

    When to See a Doctor

    Make an appointment to see your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms: 

    • Increasing pain or blurred vision
    • Extreme sensitivity to light
    • Symptoms that continue to get worse, or have lasted a week or more
    • Excessive pus or mucus in the eye
    • Fever or body aches, as this could be a sign of another infection
    • You have a weakened immune system, have , or are undergoing cancer treatment

    Pink Eye in Children

    Pink eye occurs in both adults and children and is a common reason why kids miss school. Here are some ways to help prevent infection: 

    • Use clean tissues or towels after wiping your eyes or face.
    • Wash your hands before and after eating, after using the bathroom, and after coughing or sneezing
    • Don’t touch your eyes! Wash your hands if you do.

    Call your doctor if you suspect that your child has pink eye. Newborns with symptoms of pink eye need immediate medical care.