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Could you tell me the symptoms of pink eye

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Could you tell me the symptoms of pink eye
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.

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Redness, swelling, foreign body sensation, tearing, burning of the eyes.

Dr. Rick :

Usually it is viral in nature and, as such, antibiotic drops are not indicated. I suggest cold compresses and natural tears to sooth your eyes. It is also very contagious, so wash your hands well, don't share towels etc. It takes about 10 days to resolve.

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Customer: At first I thought it was a stye had a bump on my eye lid what are the symptoms of stye
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Dr. Rick :

The most common cause for swelling or bump on the eyelid is a chalazion or a stye. These bumps form when a gland in your eyelid gets plugged up and possibly infected. It is very often associated with a condition called blepharitis.


The treatment for this condition, however, is not antibiotics but rather cleaning the eyelids with baby shampoo. Buy some unscented baby shampoo and, in the shower, put the shampoo on your index fingers. Close your eyes, and raise your eyelids (to get skin out of the way) and scrub back and forth along your EYELASH margin. This is where the gland openings are located. The warm water will soften the gunk in the plugged glands, the friction and pressure of your fingers will massage the glands, forcing the gunk out and the shampoo will wash it away. You can also use warm compress to the affected lids during the day as your schedule allows.

This treatment will help to treat the bump on your eyelid while at the same time solving your underlying blepharitis. The lump may take many weeks to go away but you should notice some improvement in a few days or so.



Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
It was a pleasure to help. Let me know if I can answer any other questions for you. Have a great day
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Well I'm not sure which one it is.My eye is red swollen watery and has a discharge which is yellowish color
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
when did it start? Is your other eye affected at all? How is your vision?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
It started about a week ago but the swelling and redness about 3 day
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
I would put my money on pink eye. Try cold compresses and artificial tears.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I don't need antibiotic drops
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
Nope. It is caused by a virus and antibiotics only kill bacteria. This will usually run its course in about 2 weeks.....and you will not be a happy camper for that time, sorry about that :(
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Thank you for your time and helpful info ; )
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
My pleasure.

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I hope you feel better soon.