After you start using the medicines prescribed for your pinkeye
(conjunctivitis), your symptoms should decrease over
the next 24 to 48 hours. If your symptoms do not improve, you may have a
problem other than pinkeye, or your medicine may need to be adjusted or
changed. See a picture of
how to use eyedrops or
You need to talk with the doctor who prescribed the medicine if you
have symptoms that:
Continue or get worse after 24 to 48 hours of
Continue or return after antibiotic treatment
has been started or completed. This may mean you have an ongoing infection and
more treatment is needed.
If pinkeye does not improve with antibiotic eyedrops or
You may have a viral infection. Antibiotics will
not clear up pinkeye caused by a virus.
Your eyes may be irritated
from the antibiotic medicine.
Oral antibiotic medicines may also be effective in relieving pinkeye
Jan Nissl, RN, BS
Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA
Primary Medical Reviewer
William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
December 6, 2007
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
December 06, 2007
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