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What Is Pink Eye?

When should you be concerned about a red eye?

By
Rob Lamberts, MD,
February 8, 2012
Episode #031

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Quick and Dirty Pink Eye Tips

So here are my Quick and Dirty Tips about pink eye.

Tip 1: Don’t Freak Out – It’s Only Pink Eye!
You cannot control others freaking out, but you don’t have to join them. If your child’s school or daycare makes you get an antibiotic, try to educate them. Give them this article, if that will help. But a red, itchy, crusty, and goopy eye without vision loss or significant pain is viral conjunctivitis. It will go away on its own.

Tip 2: Know When to See a Doctor
Eye pain and blurring are the bad signs, and could be symptoms of a vision-threatening condition. Seek medical help immediately. Eye redness and pain on a single eye could be a herpes infection or a bacteria infection. See your doctor for those as well. Lastly, if you think you have a foreign body in your eye and the irritation persists for longer than a day, you should visit the doctor to get it looked at.

If you have questions you want answered, send them to housecalldoctor@quickanddirtytips.com. You can find me on Twitter as @housecalldoc and on Facebook under House Call Doctor.

Let me remind you that this podcast is for informational purposes only. My goal is to add to your medical knowledge and translate some of the weird medical stuff you hear, so when you do go to your doctor, your visits will be more fruitful. I don’t intend to replace your doctor; he or she is the one you should always consult about your own medical condition.

Catch you next time!  Stay Healthy!

 

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