Pinkeye, also called conjunctivitis, is a common eye disease and in many children. Pinkeye is inflammation. The conjunctiva lies over the white part of the eye and inside of the eyelids. It can be highly contagious in school or working environment. It is usually minor eye infection but sometimes it can develop into serious problems.
Why do you have pinkeye?
The common reasons that lead to pinkeye include:
- Bacterium like chlamydia
- Irritants such as soap, shampoo, chloride at pool, etc.
- Allergens. Examples are dust, grit, pollen, smoke, contact lenses, etc.
When you eye is caused by viruses and bacteria, it will spread easily among people. When you are not suitable with contact lenses or use them in a wrong way, your eyes will get pink. If your baby’s eyes are infected, consult a doctor immediately. Maybe the baby has some eye problems.
What are the symptoms of pinkeye?
The symptoms of pinkeye depend on the inflammation. They can involve:
- Redness inner eyelids
- Watery tears
- Thick rheum that crusts over the eyelashes, especially after sleep
- Itchy eyes
- Eye burns
- Blurred sight
- Light sensitivity
When you discover any symptoms of pinkeye, you should visit the doctor to have your eyes tested maybe by taking and analyzing a sample from your eyelid in a lab.
How to treat?
We entirely can treat the disease based on the causes. We have four types below.
Some familiar types that trigger pinkeye are herpes simplex virus (HSV), varicella-zoster virus (VZV), picornavirus (enterovirus 70, Coxsackie A24), poxvirus (molluscum contagiosum, vaccinia). Viruses cause this condition spread very fast in cold environment. So conjunctivitis can be highly contagious and usually lasts from four to seven days. To prevent this you must wash your hand frequently, it’s important before you eat anything or hold something and bring to someone. You shouldn’t use contact lenses when you have pinkeye and wear glasses. If the sight is blurred with pinkeye, seek help from the doctor immediately. Some viruses leave scar at the cornea.
Two common species are chlamydia and gonorrhea. Pinkeye caused by bacteria related to STDs are often treated by antibiotics, eye drops or ointments. With collyriums and ointments, you need to use them three or four times a day so they can take effect inside the eyelid. About time for treatment, it usually takes about five to seven days. Your condition will improve within a week. Let use drugs or antibiotics as appointed by the doctor.
At that time when the substance gets into the eyes, you should flush your eyes carefully as soon as possible with saline which is often used in treatment for chemicals that cause conjunctivitis at least in five minutes. After that, your eyes will ease in four hours. But in more serious circumstances like acid or alkaline, call the doctor or go to hospital immediately after rinsing the eye with much water.
Conjunctivitis by allergy usually occurs in people who have seasonal allergies. It will get better when the allergen is removed. Report to the doctor if you have pinkeye that is linked to an allergy.
How can you relieve a pinkeye?
Let follow these steps to control pinkeye.
- Don’t rub the infected eye.
- Always wash your hands with soap and warm water before eating.
- Wash the discharge of your eyes several times a day using a new cotton ball.
- Avoid wearing contact lenses. And never use someone’s contact lenses.
- Shouldn’t share your eye make-up with anyone.
- Wash your hands after applying the ointment to your eye.
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Review Date: July 5, 2017 | Last Modified: December 4, 2019
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