How to Treat Pink Eye
Pink eye is one of the most common disorders of the eye. It is also known as conjunctivitis. It can be caused by an allergy, bacteria, or a virus.
Signs of Pink Eye:
- Redness in the white of the eye.
- Watery eyes.
- Itchiness or a feeling of having sand in the eye.
- A discharge that tends to be clear when caused by an allergy, or thick and yellow-white when caused by a bacteria.
- A viral infection may be accompanied by a sore throat and/or a tender node in front of the ear. The discharge also tends to be more watery than sticky.
- An allergic infection may be accompanied by swollen eyes and other symptoms of allergy, such as a runny nose. It also often occurs during the typical allergy seasons (spring and fall).
Note: Pink eye does not usually affect vision or cause pain. In the case of either of these symptoms, contact a doctor immediately.
Pink Eye Prevention Tips:
Know the cause
Redness, itchy/gritty feeling, sticky yellow-white discharge.
Redness and itchy/gritty feeling with a clear discharge and possible sore throat.
Redness and itchy/gritty feeling, swelling of eyes, runny nose, occurs during allergy season.
Treatment of bacterial pink eye:
- Ask your pharmacist for effective treatment, such as POLYSPORIN® Eye & Ear Drops.
- Apply one to two drops, four times daily for 7 to 10 days. Before use, read package insert for more complete information on dosing and cautions.
- Soothe itchiness with a warm compress and bathe eyes in warm water several times a day.
Prevent the spread:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water or use an antibacterial sanitizing hand gel.
- Avoid touching eyes.
- Don’t share towels or washcloths. Wash towels and facecloths in hot water.