Patient Comments: Pinkeye - Symptoms and Signs


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Comment from: Caring retailer, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I work in retail store for many years. While cleaning the glass countertops and sides, I sprayed so much Windex and on top of that, unknowingly I had to use the microscope to inspect some items. That was so filthy and dirty that I contracted the pink eye. So now I am home for 4 days straight in bed with plain eye drops and forcing myself to sleep through my pains. The allergy pills helped minimize the swelling and the runny nose. So beware! If you see any stores with very dirty glass countertops, do not touch.

Comment from: pirategirl007, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 24

I'm currently suffering from my fifth case of pink eye in 12 months. I am 28 and never had pink eye as a child. I am an avid hand washer and am not around children frequently. I can manage to stay away from colds, viruses, flus and the like at work, but pink eye keeps plaguing me. I initially picked up my first case at work about three or four years ago, but this past year has been horrendous. I am not in contact with many people directly at work (about 10 a day) but work in a rather large complex with many more employees. Usually, my symptoms last two to three days after starting the antibiotic drops and then drastically improve. This time that is not the case. I am on my fifth day of antibiotics, and after having relief on the second and third days, my eyes have now flared up worse than before I started the medication. I think it’s back to the doctor for me tomorrow. I am starting to think this outbreak is allergic conjunctivitis, and my current drops are just not going to help it.

Comment from: Sabrina Orange, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 08

Well, I think that I have the early starting off pink eye but I caught it before it got any worse! Saturday morning I woke up and I saw my left eye was red so then I just thought I must have slept too much. The next morning I woke up and my other eye was kind of red as well. I saw some little bit of stuff near my eyelids, but they weren't stuck together, so I wiped them off. Yesterday I went to the doctor and she said that my eyes were red and that it started to look a little red on the bottom of my eyelids on the inside. She thought that was the early start of pink eye so she prescribed me with some eye drops that I will be getting today that I have to use for 7 days 3 times a day. Unfortunately I had to call out work today because of this plus I work with kids. Thank goodness my discharge isn't as bad and this is my first time having this and I'm 22 plus. But I am afraid to go to sleep because I hate how the discharge looks when I look in the mirror. I just hope this helps and that I never get this anymore!

Comment from: chaz, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 23

No, nothing helped my pink eye. My eyes are still very sore and painful, I’ve had it for over a week. I’ve been using eye drops and ointment but it’s still inflamed. I have been to the doctors twice.

Comment from: ladybug, 25-34 (Patient) Published: June 19

For the past 14 years ive been annoyed by what I thought was pink eye. Nothing that the doctor gave me seemed to work. Every time I got it, it usually lasted for a month or two. I couldn’t sit outside as the light was too sensitive for my eyes. I was in constant pain. I would have had my eyes removed just to ease the pain. I’ve tried every ointment, drop, etc., until I went to the eye and ear hospital and they discovered it was an ulcer on my cornea. They said my eyeballs were so scarred from the repeated infections. They put me on a year supply of Zovirax tablets (I stayed on them for three months and it did the trick). I was able to enjoy summer after that as I wasn’t getting the infection. I would ask the hospital to check if it doesnt seem to be clearing up.

Comment from: Lonnie , 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 15

I was diagnosed with viral pink eye and I had symptoms of it and bacterial pinkeye.

Comment from: Niles, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 24

My son has swelling and he said there was intense pain yesterday, in his eye. There is no redness or change in color at all, just swelling on the eyelid.

Comment from: Relieved, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 14

I work in the school system and this my first time having pink eye. Symptoms started for me yesterday and I started the antibiotic drops last night. The mucus drainage stopped within a couple hours of starting the drops and there was instant relief from the pain. Today my eye is feeling so much better and it"s not nearly as red as before. I"m so grateful for the relief and it"s such a relief that my family hasn"t gotten it.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 02

I am a 50-year-old female who works at an elementary school. I just had my first case of pink eye. I got it first in one eye, and three days later, in the other eye. It has been the most miserable experience of my life. It’s been six days, and it’s still hanging on, even with the tube of antibiotics. My eyes are red, swollen, drainy, and grainy. I have blurred vision, headaches, fevers and chills.


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Comment from: mom2x, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I have been teaching school for 20 years and surprisingly, this is the first time I have ever had pink eye. It has been quite a yucky experience! I have been very uncomfortable from the pain and feeling that I had sand in my eye. There seems to be a constant discharge and the area around my eye is raw from the discharge. After two days of antibiotic drops, I can tell some difference but not a big improvement. After reading about it, apparently it will take several more days to be resolved. Sure hope I don't ever get it again!

Comment from: Call Me Rosy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 01

I have had symptoms for three months including redness in the conjunctiva, swollen eyelids, watery eyes, some morning crystallization in the eyelash area, occasional itchiness and the feeling of something in my eye. With the watering of the eye during the day, the redness lessens, but in the morning, my eyes are again bright red. Recently, I was told that my pink eye is due to an adenovirus and that it should clear up in two to three weeks. I was told to do nothing. What I have found helpful is to put a cool eye mask over my eyes for several minutes, once or twice a day. It has been three weeks and the conditions are unchanged.

Comment from: Max, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 30

My pink eye cleared up in 3 days with prescription eye drops.

Comment from: BIGNATEY, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 06

I’ve had this condition for over 3 years now, every couple of hours getting a greenish yellowish glob of goo in the corner of my eyes; sometimes it is white and stringy too and sometimes my eyes are really watery other times really dry. But this has been a condition I’ve been living with for years.

Comment from: annie oakley, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: May 28

My mother had pink eye. She went to the doctor and they gave her meds. She is allergic to everything they gave her. She had me mix the old time remedy for her that my grandmother used, which is boric acid and sterilized water. She has had this problem now for about eight weeks. They took her back to the doctors, who gave her another med that she can't use. So far, she has spent about $200 at the doctor, and she has a limited income. I feel they don’t know what they are doing or they don't care. Her eyes feel a little better when she uses the old boric acid remedy.

Comment from: Madisonrose, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

I went to a neuro-ophthalmologist nine days ago for an ocular migraine. About 48 hours after my visit I had a pinkish color in the white of my right eye. My eye is sore. I went to a walk-in clinic and the doctor said I have pink eye, so I was prescribed eye drops. After using the medication for two days, the symptoms did not improve – it was still sore and red. I went back to the walk-in clinic and they said it was pink eye and prescribed a different eye medication. It has been a week now, and I still have a sore pink eye. I have not had any discharge or crustiness with this. I’m wondering if I have something other than pink eye.

Comment from: 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

I got pink eye and self-medicated. Reading about the symptoms on various websites, it was clear that I had viral pinkeye, because during that time I was sick. However, it's been a month and I still see red veins in my eyes that weren't originally there when I didn't have pinkeye. It makes me wonder if I still have pinkeye or not. I don't wear contacts anymore and I don't touch my eyes. When I wake up there is no crusting of the eyelids or anything. I'm scared.

Comment from: Health Nut, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 08

I am a 52 year old nurse who has just contracted my first case of pink eye ever. My kids never had it growing up. It started with increasing redness in my left eye, mostly pressure but extreme redness. I ignored it. The next morning I awoke to crusted shut eyelids. I washed them off in the shower and headed into work, assuming allergies. When I arrived, I was immediately sent to employee health. They sent me straight to my PCP and I was diagnosed with pink eye. I was given Tobradex (antibiotic/anti-inflammatory) drops and had to be out of work for 48 hours!

Comment from: nickey, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 03

I am 59 years old. I got my first case of pink eye in December of 2008. Since then, it keeps recurring every few weeks. I've seen the doctor three times in the last three months, and I've been on two different eye drops. (They both work, but soon the condition returns.) I'm not around children and can't completely get rid of this. I guess it’s back to the doctor for me.


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Comment from: Adam, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 16

I started getting pink eye when I was 35 and have had reoccurrences about 20 times in the past year and a half. Although I currently have no health insurance because I'm between jobs (Go Team America), I plan on going to the rheumatologist when my insurance becomes active in three months.

Comment from: DeeDee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 11

I'm 58 and got pink eye for the first time ever six months ago in both eyes. Now I have it again in one eye only. It’s less severe this time, but it hasn’t been getting any better for the last seven days. I'm again using Gentamicin Sulfate and thought it would have cleared up by now. I'm glad to know others have gotten it late in life, and repeatedly, and it's lasting longer than a week.

Comment from: pinkyeyed, Published: March 05

I got a bacterial form of pink eye back in high school from sharing makeup with my friends. I had to throw out all of my makeup, buy new, and quit sharing. It went away in a week with prescription eye drops. I now have pink eye again, only this time I can't figure out how I got it. My symptoms appeared two days ago. I'm 42, live alone with four cats, have no friends in the area (I just moved to my new location six months ago), and it’s been more than a week since I've left the house because of the weather. I'm hoping it goes away on its own as I don’t have insurance and no money to see a doctor since I'm currently unemployed. I've been trying to keep the area clean, am not applying makeup to that eye, resting, and praying it heals on its own.

Comment from: Megz0818, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: March 05

I have viral pink eye and so far the symptoms are still with me even though it is clearing up. A warm wash cloth helps when your eyes feel swollen or a nice, hot bath/shower. Try to catch it as early as you can because the medicine your doctor prescribes may really help as it is with me.

Comment from: JT, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 05

I am 52 and have had pink eye for two months. I have had four sets of drops; the latest is Garamycin. I wear contact lenses, but now I am wearing glasses primarily. When I think it is gone, I wait a few days and then put contacts in. This seems to aggravate the condition, and then I get the full-blown symptoms. It is getting very costly as I throw out contacts each time, mascara etc. I’ve been to the doctor twice, and he puts the yellow serum in my eye, which identifies the presence of pink eye.

Comment from: mina, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I find that I get pink eye a couple of times each year. I've learned to wash my eyes in warm salted water, as well as ensuring that when your eyes are stuck together in the morning to try not to get them unstuck, but rather use a wet cloth to remove the discharge. This will minimize redness in the pupil. On the other hand, ice is also a good way to reduce puffiness around the eye.

Published: July 18

It lasts about a week, but I keep getting it! This is my fifth time this year. I get eye drops that work. It is just gross to have it all the time. Why do i keep getting it?

Published: June 19

I went to my family doctor was given Allegra and erythromycin eye ointment. Applied to eyes twice a day til med was finished. I then went to an eye doctor who ran examined my eyes thoroughly. He gave me Alrex; one drop in each eye twice a day for one week. I still have drainage from both eyes, which is sticky; wake up with a thick crust covering both eyes and have to place warm rags on my eyes so I can open them. Never in my life have I ever had pink-eye and I am a 52 year old female. I have been to several doctors and I have not had any successful results in clearing this problem up.

Published: June 18

I'm currently suffering from pink eye (viral) and a recommended natural treatment is to use camomile tea to help relieve irritation and clean the eye. Boil camomile tea in a pot and wait until it's down to a warm temperature. Take cotton buds and dip in camomile, leave on affected eye for about 10mns. Remove and dispose. Aside from that, in terms of viral there’s not much else to be done until it works its way through your system.

Published: June 18

You don't know if the symptoms are bacterial or not, so do not do home remedies, just go to the Doctor. You might just need antibiotics. Try to keep your eyes clean and wash hands frequently.


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Comment from: Micheley, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I have had pink eye for the last three weeks, but I think it can be attributed to my eye make-up. I initially caught it from my hubby.

Comment from: noble, 25-34 Female Published: October 15

I was 16 years old when I had it, I didn't go to the doctor, but stayed away from school and practically everyone, washed my eyes (inner and outer layers)every morning with warm salt water until it went away (about 1 week), that really helped. 15 years later and I'm still free of it, my spouse's nephew now has it, he's 10 years old, so he got treatment (eye drops -chloramphenicol (I believe) on the first day of symptom. We were not sure what was the actual cause (bacterial or viral). I hope this will last for less than a week. I'm scared of pink eye, especially now that I have a toddler, I can't imagine the discomfort he will feel.

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I just recently got pink eye and used over the counter homeopathic eye drops for pink eye relief and after using the drops three times in one day, my eye is almost completely clear the next day.

Published: July 31

I have had pink eye (viral type) since last December (got it from getting eye make up remover in my right eye). I’ve been to doctors, optometrist and natural health nurses and I still have it. Should it really only last between 7-10 days?

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

I have reoccuring problems with red, itchy eyes and as I've gotten older it's gotten worse, in direct proportion to my allergies getting worse. My allergist says I'm a candidate for allergy shots but I'm not ready for a 2-appt-per-week-for-3-years committment! I use Naphcon-A, which is over the counter. It's more effective than Patanol, which is a prescription antihistamine eye drop. It's very frustrating because it flares up on a regular basis. I also use Benadryl to help knock it out.