Pinkeye Health (cont.)

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Questions to Ask the Doctor

  • Is my pinkeye contagious?


  • If my pinkeye is contagious, how do I avoid spreading it? Do I need to stay home from work or school? For how long is it contagious?

Pinkeye Diagnosis

A history and a physical examination are usually sufficient to diagnose pinkeye. If a bacterial or fungal infection is a possibility, your ophthalmologist may send some of the discharge or drainage from your eye to the laboratory for cultures to identify the bacteria or fungus. Do not be alarmed if a more extensive physical examination is required to search for other causes of infection leading to conjunctivitis.

Pinkeye Treatment

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Pinkeye Home Remedies

Prevent spreading the infection to the other eye and to other people. Pinkeye can be very contagious, so limit your contacts until you are better.

  • Carefully wash your hands every time you touch your face around your eye.


  • Keep your own towels, washcloths, and pillows separate from those of family members or use paper towels.


  • Wash or change your pillowcase every day until the infection goes away.


  • Do not touch your infected eye with your fingers. Use tissues to wipe.


  • Do not wear eye makeup. Do not share eye makeup.


  • Do not wear your contact lenses until the infection is gone.


  • Put a warm compress, such as a washcloth soaked in warm water, on your eye for a few minutes, three to four times a day. This eases the discomfort and helps break up some of the crust that may form on your eyelashes.


  • Use over-the-counter artificial tears to help with itching and irritation. Do not share eye drops. You can spread the infection to anyone else who uses them.


  • Do not put a patch over your eye. It may cause the infection to become worse.


  • Do not use over-the-counter eye drops for more than a few days unless instructed to do so by your ophthalmologist. Worsening redness could result from repeated use of such products.

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