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How Is Pink Eye Treated?

The specific pink eye treatment your healthcare provider recommends will depend on what is actually causing the symptoms. For example, if a person is diagnosed with bacterial conjunctivitis, antibiotic drops or ointment will be prescribed. Medicines can also be used to treat conjunctivitis caused by allergies (see Medicine for Pink Eye).
There are no medicines that will cure pink eye caused by a virus. In this case, healthcare providers will treat the symptoms (such as itching or irritation) as the body takes care of the conjunctivitis on its own.
For all types of conjunctivitis, your healthcare provider may also recommend other treatments for home, such as warm or cool compresses and cleaning the eye regularly (see Home Treatment for Pink Eye).

How Long Do Symptoms Last?

The length of pink eye symptoms will depend on several factors, including the type of pink eye. Some types can improve within 24 hours, while others might start to improve after two to three days but take up to three weeks to get completely better.
(Click How Long Does Pink Eye Last? for more information.)

Preventing Pink Eye From Spreading

Pink eye can be quite contagious, spreading easily to the other eye or to other people. However, you can do things to help minimize this spread.
All good prevention strategies focus on minimizing contact with eye secretions or contaminated surfaces, and when you do come in contact with them, practicing good hygiene.
(Click Pink Eye Prevention for more information.)
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