By: Elena Grace Flores
Conjunctivitis or “pink eye,” because of its somewhat irritate look is inflammation of the lining covering the inside of the eyelid and then the surface of the eye or conjunctiva. Usual symptoms include red, weepy, itchy, or painful eyes. In most cases, the occurrence of a clear or creamy discharge is observed from the eye. They are caused by bacteria, viruses, or an allergy to elements like dust, mold or pollen. Antihistamines help in easing redness and irritation of the allergic or viral conjunctivitis.
Some over-the-counter antihistamine tablets include diphenhydramine (Benadryl®), chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton®) and loratadine (Claritin®). Antihistamine tablets other than Claritin can cause drowsiness, so use caution when driving or operating machinery while taking one of these medicines. Eyedrops that contain a decongestant, such as tetrahydrozoline (Visine®), can also help to reduce redness. Click here to see direct source: http://www.drugstore.com/over-the-counter-treatments-for-conjunctivitis/qxc295128
According to drugstore.com: If you have certain medical conditions such as glaucoma, difficulty urinating, or high blood pressure, don’t take products containing a decongestant unless your doctor recommends them. And don’t use decongestant eyedrops for more than three days in a row without checking with your doctor first. Eyewashes can help cleanse the eye and remove irritants like pollen and mold.Over-the-counter medicines can help with symptoms of conjunctivitis, but they won’t cure cases that are caused by infections. Prescription antibiotics are the only effective therapy for conjunctivitis caused by bacteria. There is no cure for viral conjunctivitis, which usually goes away on its own in about one week. If your symptoms don’t respond to over-the-counter remedies, check with your doctor. You may have a bacterial infection that needs antibiotic treatment. Keep in mind that bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are very contagious. To avoid spreading the infection, wash your hands frequently and don’t share towels or eye makeup.