How Do I Get Rid of Pink Eye?
You can get rid of pink eye (conjunctivitis) in various ways, depending on the underlying cause of the problem.
Pink eye usually is associated with viral or bacterial eye infections, and you should visit your eye doctor to determine the cause and appropriate treatment.
Topical antibiotics often are prescribed to treat conjunctivitis caused by bacteria. If the cause of your pink eye is viral, you may need to wait it out for a few weeks while the disease runs its course.
You typically can't get rid of viral pink eye, but you can relieve symptoms through remedies such as eye drops containing antihistamines, decongestants or both.
You also can relieve symptoms through home remedies such as applying warm or cool compresses whichever feels better to the outer, closed eyelids.
If you have eye allergies, your eye doctor might recommend topical eye drops containing antihistamines to help stop your eye from reacting to allergens such as dust, pollen and pet dander. These types of eye drops are available in both over-the-counter and prescription formulas.
If someone in your household already has pink eye because of a contagious eye infection, then the best way to avoid pink eye is through preventive measures such as frequent hand washing and use of a disinfectant on exposed surfaces such as counter tops.
Above all, don't take chances with pink eye.
[Page updated March 2014]