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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.
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