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Health Tip: Should I See a Doctor for Pinkeye?

Health Tip: Should I See a Doctor for Pinkeye?

04/12/13

(HealthDay News) -- Pinkeye (conjunctivitis) is a common infection that can cause redness, itching, swelling and discharge.

Typically, pinkeye is not serious, but there are some symptoms that require a doctor's attention.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says pinkeye should be evaluated by a doctor if the infected person:

  • Has severe or moderate pain in one or both eyes.
  • Has sensitivity to light or blurred vision.
  • Develops extreme redness in the eye.
  • Has a weakened immune system.
  • Has symptoms of a bacterial infection that don't begin to improve after 24 hours on an antibiotic.
  • Has symptoms that continually worsen or don't get better.
  • Has a preexisting eye condition that increases the risk of a more severe infection.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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