Remedies for Pinkeye

Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, results from an inflammation of the conjunctiva. A pink eye infection occurs from an allergic substance or as a result of a viral or bacterial infection. Pink eye spreads easily through day-to-day contact and can occur in anyone of any age. Pink eye treatments vary and depend on what has caused the infection.

Antibiotic Eye Drops

Antibiotic eye drops treat the bacterial form of pink eye, reports the Cleveland Clinic. A doctor may prescribe the antibiotic in the form of eye drops or eye ointments. The accurate application of the eye drops or ointment consists of applying the medication to the inside of the eye lid instead of directly on the eye. Applying the medication directly to the eye lid ensures proper coverage and treatment of the condition.

Eye Drops

According to the Mayo Clinic, over-the-counter eye drops relieve symptoms in allergic pink eye. Some eye drops contain antihistamines or other medications that help to remove allergens or other irritants that has caused the pink eye infection.

Warm Compress

A warm compress placed on the outside of the eye lids help with all types of pink eye, reports Allaboutvision.com. To make a compress, soak a clean, lint-free cloth in warm water and squeeze it out before applying it gently to the closed eyelids. The warm compress relieves the symptoms associated with pink eye, such as itching, burning, stinging, irritation, pain, grittiness and crusting. The Mayo Clinic warns that the pink eye infection can spread from one eye to the other eye if the wash cloth touches the infected eye and gets placed over the un-infected eye.

Avoid Wearing Contact Lenses

The Mayo Clinic recommends leaving out contact lenses until the infection resolves, and discussing with a doctor about the appropriate length of time before wearing contact lenses again. The length of not wearing the lenses relates to what has caused the pink eye infection. For example, an infection caused by a virus generally runs its course in about four to seven days. An infection caused by a bacterial organism typically shows improvement within a week of starting antibiotic eye drops. Pink eye caused by an allergen resolves with the treatment of the underlying cause.

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Elizabeth Hamilton has been employed as a licensed practical nurse for more than a decade in various medical settings. She has written articles appearing on LIVESTRONG and eHow.com. Her vast knowledge and passion for medicine are incorporated into the articles she writes.