Bacterial Conjunctivitis

Bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye) is caused by germs. These germs are spread from person to person (contagious). The white part of the eye may look red or pink. The eye may be irritated, watery, or have a thick discharge.

HOME CARE

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • To ease pain, apply a cool, clean washcloth over closed eyelids.

  • Gently wipe away any fluid coming from the eye with a warm, wet washcloth or cotton ball.

  • Do not share towels or washcloths. This may spread the infection.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based cleaner. Use paper towels to dry your hands.

  • Change or wash your pillowcase every day.

  • Do not use eye makeup until the infection is gone.

  • Do not use machines or drive if your vision is blurry or you cannot see well.

  • Stop using contact lenses. Do not use them again until your doctor says it is okay.

  • Do not touch the tip of the eyedrop bottle or medicine tube with your fingers when you put medicine on the eye.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your eye is not better after 3 days of medicine.

  • A yellowish white fluid (pus) is coming out of the eye.

  • The redness is spreading.

  • Your vision suddenly gets worse or becomes blurry.

  • You have pain in the face or puffiness (swelling) around the eye.

  • You have a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

  • Your baby is older than 3 months with a rectal temperature of 102° F (38.9° C) or higher.

  • Your baby is 3 months old or younger with a rectal temperature of 100.4° F (38° C) or higher.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.