But just because conjunctivitis is common, it doesn’t mean it can’t be serious. If left untreated, this extremely irritating and uncomfortable infection can lead to reduced vision or worse, a complete loss of vision.
If you or a loved one has pink eye, see a doctor online today and receive the appropriate treatment for prompt relief. At 24 Hour Docs, our board-certified and experienced eye doctors are standing by to diagnose and treat your conjunctivitis 24/7, 365. You can book an appointment and see a doctor from the comfort of your home within minutes!
What Causes Pink Eye or Conjunctivitis?
Pink eye affects children and adults alike, and can be caused by a bacterial infection, viral infections, foreign objects in the eye, or even allergic reactions. Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are most common and highly contagious.
Also, if you wear contacts, you are at an increased risk of developing pink eye.
What are the Symptoms of Pink Eye?
Red, itchy eyes are the most common and recognizable symptom of conjunctivitis. But you may also notice the following signs in your eyes:
- Yellow, white, or green discharge
- Feeling of “grit” under your eyelid (crusty eyes)
- Excessive tear production
- Burning or itching sensation
If your conjunctivitis was accompanied by cold or a flu-like viral infection, you may also experience some respiratory symptoms such as a scratchy throat, sneezing, or itchy nose. If you are already suffering from asthma, you may also experience difficulty breathing. Make sure that you seek immediate medical attention if your conjunctivitis symptoms include a fever of 100.4° Fahrenheit or higher.
Can an Online Doctor Treat Pink Eye?
Your online doctor will evaluate your symptoms and ask you a series of questions. They might also ask you to shine a light on your eye to get a better look at it, and ask about past treatments you may have had for conjunctivitis.
This will help them determine whether your pink eye is a result of bacterial, viral, or allergic infection. Once they determine the cause, they will create an appropriate treatment plan to help you manage symptoms and any pain.
Our team of doctors at 24 Hour Docs will also provide you a prescription which we can send directly to a pharmacy near you. You can then pick up your prescription medication yourself or have them delivered to your doorstep.
What are Common Treatments Available for Pink Eye?
For pink eye caused by bacterial infection, antibiotic eye drops are usually prescribed. These drops have to be used 3-4 times a day for a span of 5-7 days. Of course, this will vary depending on your specific case and the antibiotic used.
If it’s a viral infection, your doctor may prescribe a combination of lubricated eye drops and ibuprofen.
Once your pink eye has been diagnosed, your doctor will go over the risks and benefits of the different treatment options. Depending on the severity and the cause, your plan may include a combination of:
- Prescription eye drops
- Over-the-counter eye drops
- Allergy medications
- Warm compresses
Remember, no two cases of pink eye are the same, especially considering that some people have underlying conditions or may be suffering from a cold. Instead of trying home remedies or over-the-counter medications, talk to a doctor about your treatment options.
Your eyes are one of the most sensitive parts of your body and should be treated with extreme care. With the right treatment plan, you may be able to get rid of your pink eye within a week.
Get Rid Of Your Conjunctivitis: See A Doctor Right Now!
24 Hour Docs offers same-day pink eye treatment service, so you can meet with a top online doctor within a few minutes of registering with us. There is no need to wait in lines for hours – receive the care and treatment you need in less than an hour!
Our doctors can determine whether you have conjunctivitis and prescribe the most effective treatment plan for YOU.
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