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Alternate Names : Pink Eye

Conjunctivitis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the infection?

Treatment includes:

  • antibiotic eye drops or ointments for conjunctivitis caused by a bacterial infection
  • eye drops containing antihistamines, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents, or corticosteroids if allergies are the cause
  • oral antibiotics if topical antibiotics alone do not solve the problem
  • removal of foreign matter from under the lids if this has caused the inflammation
  • What are the side effects of the treatments?

    Eye drops may cause irritation or an allergic reaction. Antibiotics may cause stomach upset, rash, or allergic reaction.

    What happens after treatment for the condition?

    Most of the time, conjunctivitis clears up without any further problems.

    How is the condition monitored?

    Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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    Author: William Stevens, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 09/25/01

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