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How to Get Rid of Pink Eye

Pink eye is known medically as 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. There are several main types of pink eye, including viral conjunctivitis, bacterial conjunctivitis, and allergic conjunctivitis.
There is no cure for pink eye caused by a virus or an allergic reaction. Therefore, your healthcare provider will offer suggestions on how to get rid of pink eye symptoms while your body takes care of the infection on its own. These suggestions may include:
  • Using over-the-counter antihistamine/decongestant drops
  • Using a warm or cool washcloth on your eyes
  • Using artificial tears
  • Minimizing exposure to pollen during peak allergy periods.
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. For bacterial pink eye, treatment involves antibiotic drops or an antibiotic ointment. Treatment is generally for five to seven days, depending on which antibiotic is prescribed.
(Click Pink Eye Treatment or Home Treatment for Pink Eye for more information on how to get rid of pink eye, including other tips for home treatment and when you should be able to go back to school or work.)
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