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According to the American Academy of Opthalmology - viral pink eye is like a common cold in the eye. There is no treatment for the virus and usually, you just have to let it heal on its own. Viral pink eye should go away within a week or two without treatment.
Bacterial pink eye usually produces more mucus or pus than viral or allergic pink eye. Bacterial pink eye can be treated with antibiotics prescribed by a doctor.
To reduce the symptoms of bacterial or viral pink eye you can:
Take ibuprofen or another over-the-counter painkiller.
Use over-the-counter lubricating eye drops (artificial tears).
Put a warm, damp washcloth over your eyes for a few minutes.
To make a compress for your eyes, soak a clean washcloth in warm water then wring it out so it’s not dripping.
Lay the damp cloth over your eyes and leave it in place until it cools.
You can repeat this several times a day, or as often as is comfortable.
Use a clean washcloth each time so you don’t spread the infection.
If you have an infectious pink eye in both eyes, use a different washcloth for each eye.
If your eyelids are sticking together, a warm washcloth can loosen the dried mucus so you can open your eyes.
HelenaDecember 7, 2018 - 6:53pm