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Cure for Pink Eye

Pink eye is a layman's term for the medical condition conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the thin piece of tissue that covers the whites of the eyes and the inner eyelids. When the conjunctiva becomes inflamed, it looks pink or red from a distance. There are several different types of pink eye, including bacterial conjunctivitis, viral conjunctivitis, and allergic conjunctivitis.
There is no cure for pink eye that is caused by a virus or an allergic reaction. Therefore, healthcare providers will treat the symptoms as the body takes care of the infection on its own. Remedies that can be used to relieve symptoms include over-the-counter antihistamine/decongestant drops, warm or cool compresses, and artificial tears.
Unlike allergic or viral conjunctivitis, if you are diagnosed with bacterial conjunctivitis, early treatment does appear to speed up healing. Treatment also helps improve symptoms and decreases the chances of recurrence. Antibiotic drops or ointments are common bacterial pink eye cures. Treatment is generally for five to seven days, depending on which antibiotic is prescribed.
(Click Pink Eye Treatment or Home Treatment for Pink Eye to learn more about curing pink eye that is caused by bacteria and to find out what home remedies can be used to help relieve symptoms.)
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