Can I Treat Pink Eye at Home?

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With right methods, you may treat pink eye at home. Pink eye is also called conjunctivitis, it is a kind of eye disease. The disease is an inflammation or infection on the transparent membrane (conjunctiva) that covers the white part of your eyeball and lines your eyelid. Since the small blood vessels in the conjunctiva are inflamed, they're more visible. Then your eyes appear to be pink or reddish. Curing pink eye needs a process, in order to treat pink eye fast, you can try the following assistant methods at home:
  • Keep your eyelids clean: You can wash them with a mild soap.
  • Put cold compresses on your eyes.
  • Reduce your time on screen: You can take eye breaks during long tasks.
  • Use lubricating eye ointments.
  • Remove your contact lenses and keep them clean.
  • Use non-prescription artificial tears.
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When you are at home, you can use a lint-free cotton cloth soaked in boiled water to wipe the lashes and clean off the crusts. Artificial tear drops may be used to reduce dryness and irritation. It is good to apply a cold compress to soothe the eyes. Stop wearing contact lenses till your eyes are better. You still need to see a doctor if the symptoms last or get severe.
To help relieve some of the inflammation and dryness caused by conjunctivitis, you can use cold compresses and artificial tears, which you can purchase over the counter without a prescription. You should also stop wearing contact lenses until your eye doctor says it’s okay to start wearing them again. If you did not need to see a doctor, do not wear your contacts until you no longer have symptoms of pink eye.

You should see a healthcare provider if you have conjunctivitis along with any of the following:
pain in the eye(s)
sensitivity to light or blurred vision that does not improve when discharge is wiped from the eye(s)
intense redness in the eye(s)
symptoms that get worse or don’t improve, including pink eye thought to be caused by bacteria which does not improve after 24 hours of antibiotic use
a weakened immune system, for example from HIV infection, cancer treatment, or other medical conditions or treatments
Newborns with symptoms of conjunctivitis should see a doctor right away.
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