Health Tip: Dealing With Pinkeye
Treating the eye infection
(HealthDay News) -- Conjunctivitis, commonly called pinkeye, is a common infection that is very contagious. Since more serious medical problems can mimic the redness and itchiness that characterize pinkeye, the condition should be evaluated by a doctor.
The Nemours Foundation offers this list of common treatments for pinkeye:
- For bacterial conjunctivitis, antibiotic ointment or eye drops may be prescribed.
- Viral conjunctivitis usually goes away on its own without treatment.
- Allergic conjunctivitis may be managed with allergy medication.
- Over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can help a sufferer feel more comfortable.
- Applying a warm or cool compress to the eye can help soothe itchiness and discomfort.
- Clean the corners of the eyes carefully with cotton balls or gauze moistened with warm water.