How to get rid of pinkeye

December 4, 2014

So guess what?! 8 days into this cold and I wake up yesterday with my eyes practically glued shut with icky eye goo.

Well good morning pink eye! 🙁

pinkeye

Based on my totally unscientific Google search the likely culprit is viral as I have been quite sick and have been housebound for the past 4 days straight with my littlest so I don’t think I would have picked up anything bacterial. And either way – gross! My eyes are bloodshot and itchy as heck and Dr Google informs me that I should be safe to go out in public in 4-7 days. WHAT?! I have just been cooped up for the past 5 days straight – NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

So what is one to do when you have pink eye?

a) Go incognito – one of my fave looks anyways, and easier to do when the sun is shining brightly, but I haven’t quite mastered the art of wearing the shades indoors or at night ala Corey Hart.

Here I am on my way to get some red eye relief!

Here I am on my way to get some red eye relief!

Failing the incognito look (the weather is rainy or you are indoors and don’t want to look like a celeb poser) try the following….

b) Polysporin Pink Eye Drops – this is OTC so take it with a grain of salt. I have been using it for about 12 hours now and at first my eyes burned and itched, but now they are feeling some relief.

c) Warm compresses – Have been doing A LOT of these today. Make sure you rub from inner eye to outer eye and try t not to spread the “goop” as you go. Also make sure you don’t use the same part of the cloth or towel each wipe and promptly throw the cloth/towel into the wash.

And thats about it folks. Today the eyes are a smidge better but I have resigned myself to another day confined to my house lest I continue to terrify small children…..send wine!!

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3 Comments

  • Reply Julia a.k.a. Mama MOE December 4, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    lol- love this post. It happened not too long ago at our place. One of the three children got it and then…of course I did! Your suggestion b worked well for me, as for my little one, he needed prescription drops.

  • Reply Sara December 4, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Those warm compresses are the best but it always serves to remind me that I don’t have enough towels or any facecloths! Hope you’re better soon.

  • Reply Patty December 5, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    My kids had that last Spring and there was no Polysporin drops available anywhere. I went to several pharmacies and asked for them, apparently there was a shortage, so they referred me to homeopathic brand and it worked really well. Hope you feel better soon.

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