Eye Care

Prevention and Treatment of Pink Eye During Pregnancy

Pink eye is also referred to as conjunctivitis. The treatment for pink eye during pregnancy must be done promptly. Conjunctivitis is a contagious infection which is caused either by a bacteria or a virus, but it may also be caused due to an allergy. Thus, the prevention and treatment of pink eye during pregnancy is very essential.

Prevention of pink eye during pregnancy

  • The best way to prevent pink eye is washing hands often with soapy and warm water at all times including during pregnancy.
  • Use a clean towel and washcloth to clean your face.
  • Don’t share cosmetics or eye drops with others.
  • If you are suffering with pink eye infection in one eye only, then be sure to wash your hands after adding eye drops or after touching the affected area.
  • While you are caring for infected person, wear glasses while adding drops and immediately wash your hands after touching an affected area.
  • Be sure to dispose the cotton balls or tissues which have been used by an infected person.
  • Keep the towels, clothes, pillowcases, handkerchiefs, bed sheets, etc of an infected person separately and wash them separate from other laundry. This helps to prevent contamination from the clothes spreading to other family members.

Treatment of pink eye during pregnancy

  • During pregnancy, if you are suffering with an illness or experiencing any symptoms of pink eye, then you should be evaluated immediately by a physician. They will be able to examine the type of pink eye which you have contracted and then prescribe the medication including antibiotics, if necessary.
  • There are many different antibiotics for the treatment of pink eye. However, only some antibiotics are considered to be safe for use during pregnancy, and others may cause adverse effects on the growing fetus.
  • Home treatment: One can include cold or warm compress to get relief from the symptoms of pink eye. If the pink eye is the result of an allergy, then a cold compress can make you feel better. If the pink eye is a result of an infection, then a warm and moist compress can help to reduce swelling and redness, and soothe the eye. While using a warm and moist compress make sure to change it after every application and for each eye use a different compress.


Wipe with a tissue or a wash cloth from inside to outside. Be sure to use the prescription medications properly.

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