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Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

Treatment for pink eye?


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July 26, 2013 6:30PM

Pink eye is the common term for conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis is an inflammation and swelling of the conjunctiva, the inner lining of the eye. Symptoms include excess watering, mucous discharge and itching. The lining of the eye can become inflamed for a number of reasons. Pink eye can happen because of a bug getting into the eye, a virus being contracted, or bacteria getting into the eye. Children, the elderly and those who wear contact lenses are particularly susceptible to pink eye. Most cases of pink eye do not require medical treatment and will go away on their own with time and self-care. Some cases caused by bacteria will require medication.

Self Care

If you wear contact lenses, take them out and do not put them back in until your eyes are healthy again. If you wear disposable contacts, you will want to throw away the old lenses and change into a fresh pair after your bout with pink eye is over. You can get lubricated eye drops from your local pharmacy to help keep the eye clear of any debris while your eyes are healing. Wash your hands often for good hand hygiene and clean your eyes often with sterile water.

When Medication Is Necessary

When a bacterium causes pink eye, you will need to see your doctor or other medical professional for treatment. Most of the time, an antibiotic eye drop will be prescribed. Do not use someone else's leftover eye drops as this can cause the spread of different types of bacteria. When both of your eyes are infected your doctor will likely prescribe you two bottles of antibiotic drops, one for each eye. This will limit the spread of infection from one eye to the other. Small children may be prescribed an antibiotic ointment instead of the drops because it will stay in place easier. Be sure to follow the prescription directions exactly. If the symptoms continue for more than a week another visit to the doctor may be in order. If you have an infant who shows signs of conjunctivitis, see a doctor immediately.

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January 27, 2010 2:26AM

take an egg and then just pour the white part of it into a bowl and then wisk it for 5 min. then keep it going wal you put it into a washcloth/towl and then put that on your eye and leave it their for about 4/5 min.