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Do I have to go to the doctor for pinkeye?

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If you have pinkeye, or if your child has it, you may be tempted to rush to a doctor right away. But that may not be necessary.

The symptoms may last a week or 10 days, maybe longer, but they usually go away without your having to see the doctor.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Pink Eye: Usually Mild and Easy to Treat,” “Conjunctivitis: Treatment,” and “Conjunctivitis: Prevention.”

Mayo Clinic: “Pink eye: Lifestyle and home remedies.”

 

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on March 30, 2020

SOURCES:

CDC: “Pink Eye: Usually Mild and Easy to Treat,” “Conjunctivitis: Treatment,” and “Conjunctivitis: Prevention.”

Mayo Clinic: “Pink eye: Lifestyle and home remedies.”

 

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on March 30, 2020

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