How Long Does Pink Eye Last

How long does pink eye last? Depending on the person and the severity of the infection, pink eye can last anywhere from a few days to two weeks. The average pink eye infection lasts about one week.

What Is Pink Eye?
Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is an irritation of the conjunctiva in the eye. The first few days of the infection are the most contagious, and when people need to be the most careful. There are two form of pink eye: viral and bacterial. The viral form of pink eye cannot be treated, is contagious for the first few days and lasts about a week. The bacterial form of pink eye can be treated with antibiotics and is contagious up to 24 hours after treatment.

How Long Do Pink Eye Symptoms Last?
The symptoms of pink eye include redness, swelling, itching, burning, tearing, discharge and sensitivity to light. These symptoms will be at their worst in the first few days of the infection. As the infection is treated with antibiotics or home care, the symptoms will slowly vanish. The exact amount if time the symptoms last will ultimately depend on how bad the infection is and how well the symptoms are being managed.

How Do I Ease Pink Eye Symptoms?
The only way you can really treat pink eye at home is to help ease the symptoms. Viral pink eye will just need time to clear up. Bacterial pink eye will need prescription antibiotics. Whatever the cause, you'll need to see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment options before trying to treat the pink eye symptoms at home.

Once your pink eye has been properly diagnosed, you're going to want to help ease any itching, burning, tearing, discharge, redness, swelling and sensitivity to light. Try using a washcloth dampened with warm or cold water. Press the washcloth against your eyes to help ease the itching, burning, swelling and tearing. Use the damp washcloth to gently wash away any discharge. Wear sunglasses to help with the sensitivity to light. 

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