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any over the counter treatments for conjunctivitis?
My little boy has what looks like the beginning of conjunctivitis. No redness yet but a little bit of gunk in the morning and a bit in the day too. Does anyone know, is there anything I can get over the counter to treat it?
Euphrasia "Eye bright" tincture is very good - you can get it from pharmacists which do homeopathic type stuff. Put a few drops into some cooled boiled water, dip cotton pad in and wipe each eye (one wipe per eye)
This is a great preventative/stop for conjunctivitis, i use it whenever there is conjunctivitis going round the nursery.
can you nip it in the bud, then, do you think? we're really not sure whether this is the real thing or not - he had it before and it seemed to come on much quicker. this time there have been sort of symptoms, but nothing definite, hanging around for days.
nightmare! he got his first bout just before we went away for christmas on a big trip that involved lots of driving and staying with lots of families with kids. perfect! timing is always impeccable. he's 21 months so no luck there then.
We got some over the counter drops for dd1 who had it 2 weeks ago.
Went to the doctor the next day who wrote a prescription for antibiotic eyedrops, but he suggested keeping the prescription and waiting a few days to see if it cleared up first, as he'd just read a recent paper suggesting that there was evidence they didn't really help much. He said by all means to keep going with the over the counter drops.
I would second using cooled boiled water, cotton wool balls (clean one for each eye to avoid spreading infection). Do this for a couple of days and see how it goes. If it continues then trip to GP in case antibiotics are need for infection.
Most of the drops that GP will prescribed are mostly only water and salt drops anyhow.
the optrex medicated eyes drops have exactly the same ingredient in exactly the same concentration as you would get on prescription from your gp. 5% chloramphenicol. otherwise it would mean taking time off work blah, blah.
the last time i got i, i told the doc it was for my dh as my eyes didn't look like they needed it.