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Pink Eye Remedies

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, allergic conjunctivitis, and bacterial conjunctivitis.
Although there is no cure for viral or allergic pink eye, remedies are available to help relieve symptoms while your body takes care of the infection on its own. To relieve itching or irritation, you can try:
  • Over-the-counter antihistamine/decongestant drops
  • A warm or cool washcloth on your eyes (cool compresses may work better for allergies, while warm might feel better for an infection)
  • Artificial tears
  • Minimizing the 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 this type of pink eye, remedies involve antibiotic drops or an antibiotic ointment.
(Click Pink Eye Treatment or Home Treatment for Pink Eye to learn more about the various home remedies for pink eye and information on how to use antibiotic ointments or eyedrops for bacterial conjunctivitis.)
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