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Most people with pinkeye get unnecessary treatment

In the journals If you get acute conjunctivitis, or pinkeye, you probably donít need antibiotic eye drops, suggests a study published online June 14, 2017, by Ophthalmology. Pinkeye is caused by viral infection, allergy, or bacterial infection. Most people with pinkeye are prescribed antibiotic drops. However, a majority of cases are due to a virus or allergy, which do not respond to antibiotics. Antibiotic treatment can potentially delay healing and increase antibiotic resistance.…

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