Health Tip: Dealing With Pink Eye

(HealthDay News) -- Conjunctivitis, commonly called pink eye, is a common infection that is very contagious. Since more serious medical problems can mimic the redness and itchiness that characterize pink eye, the condition should be evaluated by a doctor.

The Nemours Foundation offers this list of common treatments for pink eye:

  • 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.

-- Diana Kohnle

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