Choosing wisely – treating pink eye

The next topic in the CHOOSING WISELY campaign is in regards to “pink eye” and the use of antibiotics for its treatment. “Pink Eye” is an umbrella term for conjunctivitis – which includes bacterial, viral, and allergic conjunctivitis. Of the three types, only the bacterial type benefits from antibiotic treatment. Excessive use of antibiotics can breed resistant bacteria over time, making future infections more difficult to treat. If you have “pink eye” talk to you eye care provider before using any antibiotics.

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