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Does baby wipes, anti bacterial wipes, and wet wipes help ease the burning sensation of Conjunctivitis?


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No, I wouldn't recommend wet wipes or anything like that for treating pinkeye.

Conjunctivitis is also called "pinkeye" and refers to inflammation (redness and swelling) of the membranes that surround the eye. Usually, conjunctivitis makes the white part of the eye look bloodshot, and the lower lid may appear swollen. You may experience burning, itching, and drainage from the eye, too.

If you think you or your child might have pinkeye, you should see a health care provider as soon as possible. There are different types of conjunctivitis, some that do well with treatment. Also, conjunctivitis is highly contagious, so you or your child should not go to school or work until the cause has been determined. Be sure to wash your hands often and thoroughly if you have pinkeye.

Baby wipes, antibacterial wipes, and wet wipes should never be used around the eye. To get rid of the "gunk" (drainage) that often goes along with pinkeye, use a wash cloth or paper towel soaked with lukewarm water and gently clean the outer eye area. Cool compresses may help with the burning and itching.

Symptoms of pinkeye usually go away within a week. If you still have symptoms after a week, it's time for a trip back to the doctor.

Hope this helps! Sorry you're feeling miserable.

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