Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Treatment for viral conjunctivitis may include eye rinses and eye drops. Severe cases may require treatment with oral antiviral medication. Antibiotic eye drops or ointment prevent bacterial infections, but do not kill the viruses that cause viral conjunctivitis. Most cases of viral conjunctivitis resolve within 2 weeks.

Specific treatment for viral conjunctivitis may include:

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The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of viral conjunctivitis.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Am I contagious?
    • For how long?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How do I avoid passing the infection to others?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having viral conjunctivitis again?
  • Will I need to see my doctor for a checkup?

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Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat viral conjunctivitis:

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Last Updated: Jun 9, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Checkup For Pink Eye References
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