Patient Comments: Pinkeye - Length Symptoms Lasted

How long did the symptoms of your pink eye last? Was there anything in particular that helped with pain/symptom relief?

Comment from: pirategirl007, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I'm currently suffering from my fifth case of pink eye in 12 months. I am 28 and never had pink eye as a child. I am an avid hand washer and am not around children frequently. I can manage to stay away from colds, viruses, flus and the like at work, but pink eye keeps plaguing me. I initially picked up my first case at work about three or four years ago, but this past year has been horrendous. I am not in contact with many people directly at work (about 10 a day) but work in a rather large complex with many more employees. Usually, my symptoms last two to three days after starting the antibiotic drops and then drastically improve. This time that is not the case. I am on my fifth day of antibiotics, and after having relief on the second and third days, my eyes have now flared up worse than before I started the medication. I think it's back to the doctor for me tomorrow. I am starting to think this outbreak is allergic conjunctivitis, and my current drops are just not going to help it.

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Comment from: mom2x, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I have been teaching school for 20 years and surprisingly, this is the first time I have ever had pink eye. It has been quite a yucky experience! I have been very uncomfortable from the pain and feeling that I had sand in my eye. There seems to be a constant discharge and the area around my eye is raw from the discharge. After two days of antibiotic drops, I can tell some difference but not a big improvement. After reading about it, apparently it will take several more days to be resolved. Sure hope I don't ever get it again!

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Comment from: Marcydartski, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I was just diagnosed with pink eye 5 days ago. I was prescribed antibiotic drops. I have not seen any improvement yet. My eye is very red and tearing and both upper and lower lids are swollen acutely. I believe after reading the different types of pink eye, or causes, I believe mine is viral. I have an upper respiratory infection and sore throat that hit one day after the pink eye presented itself. I am still waiting to see some relief or some response in the pink eye. I have been running nightly fevers and am taking 875 mg. of amoxicillin twice a day. I can't wait to feel better!

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Comment from: stackersd, 25-34 Female Published: August 02

My son's symptoms lasted 3-4 days. I use cotton balls and wash each eye with Johnson baby shampoo and rinse both. I use 2 different balls for each eye. I do this 3 times a day. A doctor once told me this kills the bacteria. It works well and I haven't caught it from him since I started doing this. Also, washing my hands and his every time we do this is essential.

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Comment from: Anonymous, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 02

My husband has had pink eye in both eyes for 2 weeks now. He has been to 2 doctors and finally went to the Ophthalmologist a few days ago. The eye doctor gave him prednisone drops which he has been putting in his eyes and the redness is getting better; however, the swelling and pain still exist.

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