Once the doctor asks about your symptoms and reviews your medical history, he or she will perform a physical examination, which is usually enough to diagnose it, although if an underlying disease is suspected or the symptoms are intense, he or she will take an eye secretion sample to be analyzed in the laboratory.
Since most pink eye is caused by a viral infection, there are no medications that can help, unless it is a condition caused by herpes simplex, in which case you will be prescribed an antiviral. This type of pink eye usually goes away on its own in a couple of weeks without major complications.
If a bacterial infection is the cause, the treatment seeks to control the symptoms and fight the infection, so he or she will prescribe anti-inflammatories and eye antibiotics, as well as moisturizing eye drops, and will recommend the application of cold cloths to the eyelids several times a day.
If you wear contact lenses, you will need to remove them until you are fully healed and will probably recommend that you throw them away and get new ones, because the source of the infection may be located in them.
When it comes to allergic-type conjunctivitis, you should use eye drops with antihistamines, anti-inflammatories, and steroids. In addition, the doctor will ask you questions to try to identify the possible allergen agent so that you can take the necessary measures and avoid being in contact with it.
In ABC Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Department, we offer health care services with the highest quality and safety, from the prevention, diagnosis, timely treatment, and monitoring of infectious, respiratory, endocrinological, dermatological, rheumatic, nephrological, gastrointestinal, and hematological pathologies of both chronic-degenerative diseases and acute conditions, through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary model.