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Pink eye is a problem that many teens get. In pink eye, the lining of your eyelid and the eye surface become red and swollen. The lining is called the conjunctiva (say "kawn-junk-TY-vuh"). Pink eye is also called conjunctivitis (say "kun-JUNK-tih-VY-tus").
Pink eye can be caused by bacteria, a virus, or an allergy.
Your pink eye is caused by bacteria. This type of pink eye can spread quickly from person to person, usually from touching.
Pink eye from bacteria usually clears up 2 to 3 days after you start treatment with antibiotic eyedrops or ointment.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
If the doctor gave you antibiotic medicine, such as an ointment or eyedrops, use it as directed. Do not stop using it just because your eyes start to look better. You need to take the full course of antibiotics. Keep the bottle tip clean.
To put in eyedrops or ointment:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: February 26, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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