Is there over the counter treatment for pink eye?
Over-the-counter artificial tears can relieve the inflammation and dryness of pink eye (conjunctivitis). Other steps you can take at home are applying warm compresses and avoiding wearing contact lenses until you no longer have symptoms. If your conjunctivitis is caused by allergies, over-the-counter allergy medicines and eye drops may also help.
If your pink eye symptoms worsen or don’t get better, or if you have eye pain, intense redness in your eyes or light sensitivity, it’s a good idea to see a doctor who can diagnose the infection and suggest a more targeted treatment plan. Depending on the cause of your pink eye, this could include prescription antibiotic eye drops or ointment, or antiviral medication.
Other questions related to Pink Eye
- How long does pink eye last?
- What is epidemic keratoconjunctivitis?
- My day care requires antibiotic eye drops to be administered before allowing the child to return. Is this common? How should I approach care for my child if he probably has a viral infection?
- How long is pink eye contagious? How does it spread?
- How do you get pink eye?
- What is neonatal conjunctivitis?
- What is herpes simplex conjunctivitis?
- How does an online doctor determine if a pink eye infection is viral or bacterial?
- What is allergic conjunctivitis?
- What is chemical conjunctivitis?