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Are eye drops for conjunctivitis only available with a prescription?

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Some over the counter eye drops can help with conjunctivitis. Which drop will work depends on the cause of the conjunctivitis.

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Are eye drops for conjunctivitis only available with a prescription?
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Conjunctivitis can be caused by a viral infection, bacterial infection or allergies. Allergies or viral conjunctivitis can be treated with over the counter eye drops. They can lubricate the eyes and relieve the pain. Antihistamines can also help with the allergies. A bacterial infection should be treated with a prescription of eye drops. If the symptoms persist with a viral infection, prescription eye drops may be needed to cure the infection. No matter the reason for the irritation, never touch the bottle to the eye.

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