Treating Sore Eyes
Symptom relief is usually the main focus of pink eye treatment. A doctor may suggest applying warm or cold compresses a few times a day, using a wet cloth to clean your eyelids, and using artificial tears.
Contact lens care
You may also be told by your doctor to stop wearing contact lenses until you are done with your treatment. If you have disposable contact lenses, your doctor may suggest disposing of them.
If you have hard contact lenses, disinfect them overnight before using them again. It would be wise to ask your doctor if you should replace any contact lens accessories, especially if you had used them while you had pink eye. Throwing out any eye makeup that you used before getting pink eye would also be ideal.
Antibiotics and antiviral medications
For most pink eye cases, especially if it is viral, you may not need antibiotics and you may have to wait 2-3 weeks for it to pass. However, if your doctor thinks you got pink eye because of the herpes simplex virus, they may recommend antiviral medications.
Medicated eye drops
Your doctor may suggest that you take several kinds of eye drops if you have allergic conjunctivitis. The medications are meant to control allergic reactions, and those can include mast cell stabilizers, antihistamines, etc.
Your doctor may also prescribe drugs to help control inflammation. Some of those may include anti-inflammatory drops, steroids, decongestants, etc. Additionally, avoiding what you are allergic to may help relieve your symptoms.
How Can I Prevent Spreading Pink Eye?
As mentioned earlier, bacterial and viral conjunctivitis is contagious. If a doctor diagnoses you with pink eye, it’s important to learn how to avoid infecting others or reinfecting yourself.
- Use water and soap to wash your hands often. If not, you can use sanitizer that has alcohol to sanitize your hands, especially if you have touched your eyes.
- Do not share items that have come into contact with your eyes with other people. Some examples may include eye makeup, pillowcases, glasses, towels, etc. Additionally, you may want to change your pillowcases daily.
While pink eye can be highly contagious, it can easily be treated and managed. Consult your doctor to determine the exact sore eyes causes and treatment.
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