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OTC Treatment for 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 Infection :

  • 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).

Over The Counter Treatment:

Antihistamines can help relieve the redness and irritation of allergic or viral conjunctivitis. Some over-the-counter antihistamine tablets include diphenhydramine, chlorpheniramine and loratadine. Antihistamine tablets other than Claritin can cause drowsiness, so use caution when driving or operating machinery while taking one of these medicines. Eyedrops that contain a decongestant, such as tetrahydrozoline, can also help to reduce redness. If you have certain medical conditions such as glaucoma, difficulty urinating, or high blood pressure, don't take products containing a decongestant unless your doctor recommends them. And don't use decongestant eyedrops for more than three days in a row without checking with your doctor first. Eyewashes can help cleanse the eye and remove irritants like pollen and mold.

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.


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