While some cases of pink eye may resolve on their own, we recommend that you schedule an urgent care appointment if you: Are in pain. Have difficulty seeing.
Do kids need to go to doctor for pink eye?
It’s a minor infection and although it might look bad, usually isn’t serious. Still, if your child shows signs of pinkeye, it’s important to see a doctor. Some kinds of pinkeye go away on their own, but others need treatment.
Should I go to ER or urgent care for pink eye?
If your pink eye lasts anything more than 5 days, you need to visit the nearest emergency room for urgent medical care. Ignoring the viral pink eye puts your eyes in jeopardy and can potentially affect your vision.
When should I take my child to the ER for pink eye?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, you should get your toddler medical attention if he or she is displaying some or all of these symptoms: Eye pain. Severe eye redness. Light sensitivity or blurry eyesight that doesn’t improve even the eye is cleared of discharge.
Is there anything over the counter for pink eye?
Generally speaking, there aren’t any over-the-counter (OTC) medications that will treat viral or bacterial conjunctivitis. However, they may help alleviate symptoms. Artificial tears are often the first OTC treatments recommended by doctors.
How long does it take for pinkeye to clear up?
The infection will usually clear up in 7 to 14 days without treatment and without any long-term consequences. However, in some cases, viral conjunctivitis can take 2 to 3 weeks or more to clear up. A doctor can prescribe antiviral medication to treat more serious forms of conjunctivitis.
How long does pink eye last in a child?
Pink eye (conjunctivitis) generally remains contagious as long as your child is experiencing tearing and matted eyes. Signs and symptoms of pink eye usually improve within three to seven days. Check with your doctor if you have any questions about when your child can return to school or child care.
When is pink eye no longer contagious?
Pinkeye that’s caused by bacteria can spread to others as soon as symptoms appear and for as long as there’s discharge from the eye — or until 24 hours after antibiotics are started. Conjunctivitis that’s caused by a virus is generally contagious before symptoms appear and can remain so as long as the symptoms last.