Q: I think my child has pink eye. What should I do about it?
A: Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is one of the most common eye conditions in the world. Fortunately, it is also quite treatable. Most cases are not serious and generally resolve on their own, even without treatment. However, applying warm compresses (like a wet towel) will generally help alleviate symptoms. It is recommended that you seek medical attention from a physician if any of the following are present:
- Moderate to severe eye pain
- Intense redness
- Blurry or altered vision
- Weakened immune system
- Pre-existing eye conditions that put you at higher risk of complications
Pink eye is also very contagious, so be sure to wash your hands often and avoid personal contact with symptomatic people.
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