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I think I may have pink eye. There is discharge coming from

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I think I may have pink eye. There is discharge coming from my eye and the white area of my eye is pink. There's also a slight soreness to my eye. What should I do?
Do you wear contact lenses? Have you had any surgery / trauma to this eye? Have you had an upper respiratory illness (cold) or stomach flu? What color is the discharge? Is it thick/thin? Is there a lot of discharge (ie are you having to wipe it away constantly)?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Hi, yes I wear contacts. I also do have a cold right now. The discharge is mainly white, a little yellow. I had crusty as well as thick discharge around my eye when I first woke up this morning but since then haven't really had any.
Okay, given the description you've stated, I suspect that this is likely a viral conjunctivitis (what many people call a pink eye). Knowing that this is caused by a virus, antibiotics don't help with this and the virus usually just has to run it's course. Cool compresses (used as much as you want), artificial tears 4-5x/day and tylenol/ibuprofen as needed will help this as it resolves. However, it can take as much as 1-1.5 weeks for it to fully run its course. In the meantime, though, it's important to remove your contact lenses as long as your eye does not look and feel normal. Complicating this infection with contact lens wear can cause devastating eye problems. If it's been more than a week and your symptoms aren't beginning to improve (or if things get significantly worse before then), then I would recommend seeing your ophthalmologist as soon as possible.
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