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Pink Eye


Most cases of pink eye will go away on their own after a few days, and no special treatment is needed.

  • Avoid touching and rubbing eyes
  • Use a clean, wet washcloth to gently soak off any crusting
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Avoid wearing contact lenses. This will reduce discomfort, allow medications to cover the entire eye, and help pink eye clear up more quickly.
  • Over-the-counter eye drops relieve redness, itching, and swelling. Limit to short-term use to prevent rebound redness or redness from overuse.

Avoid further contamination

Wash or dispose of anything that recently contacted your eyes.

  • Discard current contact lenses.
  • Discard any eye makeup used during or immediately prior to the onset of symptoms. Avoid eye makeup until symptoms resolve.
  • Don’t share towels and pillows. Machine wash regularly.