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Exposed to pink eye, start treatments?

post #1 of 5
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We were at a public pool with friends yesterday and I just got an email that one of the girls woke up this morning with pink eye. Should I start treatments on my daughter right away or wait and see?

TIA!!
post #2 of 5
I'd wait and see.

From what I understand, there are two different types of pinkeye -- viral and bacterial. Viral is just like a virus; it will have to go away on it's own. Usually, a person with viral pinkeye will have a pinkish eye with clear fluid draining. The only thing you can do for it is use OTC Similisan drops to alleviate the symptoms.

Bacterial pinkeye is much more serious. Usually the eye is pinkish, swollen, and has a thick yellowish discharge. That type needs antibiotics.

Either way, there's really nothing you can do right now to prevent your dd from getting this. Fortunately, just being exposed doesn't mean she'll automatically get pinkeye.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you that she doesn't come down with it.
post #3 of 5
I agree don't medicate until you know there is anything to medicate. Many many many times the children and I have been exposed to various things and I've never treated until there was a reason.

When I have treated on my own because it was clearly pink eye this is what I always used...
post #4 of 5
I'd wait it out. My oldest has gotten it a few times and not given it to my youngest.
post #5 of 5
Personally, if I already had some drops, I would start treatment.
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