What is Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)?
Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye, may be caused by viruses, bacteria or allergens. It infects or inflames the transparent membrane lining the eyelid and covering the white part of the eyeball. Babies can also develop pink eye from a tear duct that is not yet completely opened.
What are the Symptoms of Pink Eye?
Symptoms of pink eye include redness, itching, swelling of the eyelids and a gritty or scratchy feeling in the eye, crusting on the eyelids or lashes, discharge and increased light sensitivity.
Viral or bacterial conjunctivitis is very contagious, while allergic conjunctivitis is not.
How do you Diagnose and Treat Pink Eye?
If you experience any of the issues below, it’s time to see a healthcare professional:
- Severe eye pain
- Vision problems
- Symptoms are worse or persist
- Weakened immune system
- Bacterial conjunctivitis does not improve after 24 hours on antibiotics
How to Prevent Pink Eye?
Viral or bacterial conjunctivitis is easily spread from person to person. The following precautions may help limit the spread of a pink eye infection:
- Wash your hands often, including after removing discharge from the eyes, after applying eye drops or ointments and after rubbing or touching the eyes.
- Wash pillowcases, sheets, washcloths and towels in hot water and detergent.
- Clean your eyeglasses and consult an eye doctor on the best way to handle contact lenses.
- Do not share cosmetics, makeup brushes, contact lenses or containers for contact lenses or eyeglasses.
If you think you are showing signs of pink eye, consult a physician for prompt diagnosis and treatment. MedSpringlocations are open with a doctor on-site from9am-9pm, 7 days a week. Walk-ins are welcome, or call ahead to make an appointment.
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