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What causes redness in eyes along with cold and cough?

Hello I have a 3 year old son that I took to the er 2 days ago. Thinking he has pink eye. They gave me antibiotic cream for his eyes. But they are still red and goopy he also has a very funny nose and cough. Should I get him into his regular doctor tomorrow morning. Also I have 2 other boys and myself in my home and knowing pinkeye is very contagious, non of us have gotten it. Could he have been mis diagnosed
Wed, 7 Jan 2015
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Hello. I just read through your question.
it is possible that the infection in the eyes is viral. If this is the case, antibiotic eye ointment will not work. The illness has to run its course on its own. It's important to do our best to keep the eyes clean. As long as we keep them clean, it will most likely resolve on its own. If it doesn't resolve after several more days, I recommend consulting with your doctor. It is very contagious, even though it might be viral, so I recommend careful hand washing.
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What causes redness in eyes along with cold and cough?

Hello. I just read through your question. it is possible that the infection in the eyes is viral. If this is the case, antibiotic eye ointment will not work. The illness has to run its course on its own. It s important to do our best to keep the eyes clean. As long as we keep them clean, it will most likely resolve on its own. If it doesn t resolve after several more days, I recommend consulting with your doctor. It is very contagious, even though it might be viral, so I recommend careful hand washing.