What is the role of decongestants and mast cell stabilizers in the management of acute conjunctivitis (pink eye)?

Updated: Oct 22, 2018
  • Author: Michael A Silverman, MD, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Decongestants generally have vasoconstricting effects with the ability to control pruritus. Mast cell stabilizers inhibit degranulation of sensitized mast cells following exposure to specific antigens and can aid in controlling pruritus for seasonal allergies.


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