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does pink eye go away by itself?

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if it is actually Pink Eye no.. and there are no otc remedies for it.. it is very contagious as well you should see a DR asap to get drops to cure it. These are your eyes we are talking about here.. *never* take any risks with them.

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it was really bad yesterday and painful....today it's not as red or painful. it itches like crazy and not draining like it was.
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go to the doctor
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yep go to the Dr anyway.. symptoms can subside and flare, you need to make sure what you have is or is not pink eye.. don't take any chances
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I had a wicked case of it a few years back. A rare strain known as 'shipyard conjunctivitis'. Named because it became a slight epidemic in the San Francisco shipyards during the early 40s. It supposedly originated in the Hawaiian islands, but my grandfather told me a different tale. During the 40s, my grandfather was in the navy, and explained that it was actually a manufactured strain from Germany used to prevent enlisted men an officers from making their deployment dates. But then, he was a little kooky; It was completely resilient to all treatments the doctor tried. It took over two months before it subsided, and by then I was almost blind in my left eye, and had lost my bartending job because I couldn't report for work. Crazy stuff. Yes, don't wait. See the doctor.
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If it's really pink eye (conjunctivitis) it won't go away by itself. You need prescription medication for it and it's highly contagious. Some things look like pink eye but aren't, like allergies or a tear duct clogged with an irritant. You can try to gently clean the area with a clean washcloth soaked in warm water, and use OTC eye drops. If this doesn't lead to obvious improvement in a few hours get to a doctor or walk-in clinic, and stay away from people.

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