Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis) - Topic Overview
If the pinkeye is caused by an allergy or chemical, it will
not go away until you avoid whatever is causing it.
of pinkeye symptoms can help you feel more comfortable while the infection goes
- Wash your hands often. Always wash them before and after you treat pinkeye or
touch your eyes or face.
- Use moist cotton or a clean, wet cloth to
Wipe from the inside corner of the eye to the outside. Use a clean part of the
cloth for each wipe. If the infection is in only one eye, be careful not to
spread it to the other eye.
warm wet cloths (whichever feels better) on your eye a
few times a day if the eye hurts.
- Do not wear
contact lenses until the pinkeye is gone. Sterilize
your contacts, and clean your storage case. If you wear disposable contacts,
use a new pair when your eye has cleared and it is safe to wear contacts again.
Wait at least 2 days after the symptoms are gone before you wear contacts
- If the doctor gave you antibiotic eyedrops or ointment, use
them as directed. Use the medicine for as long as instructed, even if your eye
starts to look better sooner. Keep the bottle tip clean, and do not let it
touch the eye area.
- Do not wear eye makeup until the pinkeye is
gone. Throw away any eye makeup you were using when you got pinkeye.
- Do not share towels, pillows, or washcloths while you have
- Use allergy eyedrops and medicines to reduce symptoms of
pinkeye caused by allergies.
How can you avoid spreading pinkeye?
Pinkeye caused by a virus or bacteria is spread
through contact with the eye drainage. Touching an infected eye leaves drainage
on your hand. If you touch your other eye or an object when you have drainage
on your hand, you can spread the virus or bacteria.
tips to help prevent the spread of pinkeye:
- Wash your hands before and after you touch your
eyes or face or use medicine in your eyes.
- Do not share eye
- Do not share contact lens equipment, containers, or
- Do not share eye medicine.
- Do not share
towels, bed linens, pillows, or handkerchiefs. Use clean linens, towels, and
washcloths each day.
Some schools ask that children with pinkeye be kept
at home until they are better or have started antibiotic treatment.