Download the latest newsletter Subscribe. In the case of either of these symptoms, contact a doctor immediately. Remove the excess water from the cloth and apply it on your eyes. Antibiotic eye drops may be prescribed for bacterial conjunctivitis. Saline solution is a mixture of common salt and water. Common ways of spreading the bacteria and viruses that cause pink eye include:.
You are in an area where heavy traffic or other problems may slow you down. In response to allergens, your body produces an antibody called immunoglobulin E IgE. Bacterial infection usually occurs in both eyes and produces more discharge. Based on your answers, you may need care right away. Viral pink eye should go away within a week or two without treatment.
You can also catch bacterial pink eye if you:. This is a serious condition that could lead to permanent eye damage if it is not treated immediately. Follow these simple self-care steps to reduce the risk of getting or spreading pink eye:. Symptoms of conjunctivitis include redness, itching and watering of the eyes, thus the name pink eye. You should see your doctor if you think you have conjunctivitis, you have pain inside your eye, there is a sudden change in your vision, or if light makes your eyes hurt. Use the soaked cloth piece as a warm compress to treat allergic conjunctivitis.