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What are home treatments and care for pink eye?

Home treatment for pink eye should not be a substitute for seeking the advice of a health care professional, and it is important to take all medications as prescribed and to follow your health care professional's instructions for managing your condition. However, there are steps you can take at home to help relieve the symptoms of pink eye. Moist warm compresses applied to the eyes can help relieve symptoms. Over-the-counter artificial tears (eyedrops) can also bring relief.

You should not wear contact lenses until the pink eye has resolved. Your health care professional can offer guidance about when it is safe to resume the use of contact lenses. Eye makeup and cosmetic creams should also be avoided in the eye area until your symptoms have resolved.

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Comment from: Porscha, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I used ice after seeing the eye doctor. It got so bad I couldn't be in any room with a light on. The day after this development I got an appointment, was told it was acute conjunctivitis with injection, and prescribed tobramycin and dexamethasone! We got the generic because it was much cheaper, though still expensive. Such a relief! The light sensitivity was cut down within the first 2 days of using it, and ice packs worked well too. It itches every now and then, but it seems clearer and hasn't spread to my other eye.

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Comment from: Christine, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

I was diagnosed with bacterial pink eye 3 days ago by an emergency room physician's assistant at a hospital. I am on an ointment treatment and my eye has not improved at all. I went to the emergency room on Tuesday, August. 4th and today is August 6th. If this does not clear up or get better or at least improve Sunday August 9 I will go back to the emergency room.

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Comment from: Muffincakes123, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 22

Use a tea bag on your pink eye.

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