What is Pink Eye?
Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is an inflammation or infection of the outer membrane of the eyeball and the inner eyelid. While the lining of a healthy eye is clear, the lining of the eye becomes red and women when irritated. Pink eye is a very common occurrence, and commonly resolves on its own within a couple of weeks.
Pink eye is most commonly caused by viruses or bacteria, dry eyes, irritants, and allergies. Viral and bacterial pink eye are very contagious, so individuals should be sure to wash their hands frequently and avoid touching the infected eye in order to contain the infection.
Common Symptoms of pink eye include:
- Redness of the white of the eye
- Swelling of the eyelids
- Itching or burning of the eyelids
- Eye drainage
How to Treat Pink Eye
Individuals with viral pink eye can often return to work and school within 3-5 days. Bacterial pink eye can be treated with an antibiotic, in which patients can return to work within 24 hours after the antibiotic is started. Pink eye caused by a herpes virus can be treated with antiviral medicine. Home treatment of pink eye can help to relieve any symptoms.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of pink eye, be sure to avoid touching the eye and wash your hands frequently. A visit to Ultra Med Urgent care can help to determine the cause of your pink eye, as well as treat the symptoms for a quick recovery.