Question: I have a problem
with my one eye. I have had mild pain for about a week. In the last
two days the pain has gotten really bad. My eye is no longer red but
is very sensitive to light and has a stinging kind of pain. The thing
is that I currently have no health insurance so I don't want to jump
and head to the doctor. Any advice on what I should do to help the
situation would be very helpful. Thank you for you time, Emily
Answer: Dear Emily,
The symptoms you mention are usually
common when suffering from conjunctivitis, an inflammation of the
clear membrane that covers the white area of the eye.
Bacterial conjunctivitis usually
lasts about a week while viral conjunctivitis can last for 2 weeks
or longer. Treatment is usually based on prescription antibiotic drops
(for bacterial infections) and/or oitment for the eyes.
For viral conjunctivitis apply
cold compresses three times a day for one to three weeks. Antihistamines
can be taken to relieve inflammation. A pharmacist will be able to
recommend over the counter antihistamines that can be helpful.