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Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) (cont.)

What Is the Treatment for Pinkeye?

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In most cases of viral conjunctivitis, no medication is needed as it resolves on its own within two weeks. Medication may be prescribed if the virus affects the cornea (as in the case of herpes virus, for example).

Bacterial conjunctivitis requires antibiotics. Examples include ciprofloxacin (Ciloxan), levofloxacin (Quixin), erythromycin (Ilotycin), azithromycin (AzaSite), ofloxacin (Ocuflox, Floxin), besifloxacin (Besivance), tobramycin (Tobrex), moxifloxacin (Vigamox), polymyxin B, and others. Your doctor will select the treatment based on the suspected type of bacteria, and in some cases, cultures may be necessary to identify the bacteria.

Allergic conjunctivitis responds to antihistamine and/or anti-inflammatory medications. Certain inflammatory eye conditions are treated by placing drops of the steroid prednisolone into the eye (for example, Omnipred) or other steroids. In each case, the treatment is tailored to the suspected cause.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/12/2017

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