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Conjunctivitis (pink eye) causes & treatment
Conjunctivitis, commonly known as “pink eye,” is an infection or swelling in the outer membrane of your eyeball. Blood vessels in your conjunctiva, a thin membrane that lines part of your eye, become inflamed. This gives your eye the red or pink color that’s commonly associated with conjunctivitis.
Since bacterial or viral conjunctivitis is very contagious, it’s important to pay attention to your symptoms. The condition can be passed along to others up to 2 weeks after it develops.
Talk with your healthcare provider about treatment if you experience:
- pink or red-toned eyes
- gritty feeling in your eyes
- watery or thick discharge that builds up on your eyes at night
- itchiness in your eyes
- abnormal amount of tears
Treatment of conjunctivitis depends on what’s causing it. If it’s the result of a bacterium, virus, or allergen, there are a few treatment options.
For a bacterial infection, antibiotics are the most common method of treatment. Adults usually prefer eye drops. For children, however, ointment might be a better choice because it’s easier to apply. With the use of an antibiotic medication, your symptoms will probably start to disappear in just a few days.
Unfortunately, if you have viral conjunctivitis, there’s no treatment available. Just like the common cold, there are no cures for a virus. However, your symptoms will probably go away on their own in 7 to 10 days, after the virus has run its course. In the meantime, using a warm compress, or cloth moistened with warm water, can help soothe your symptoms.
To treat conjunctivitis caused by an allergen, your healthcare provider will probably prescribe an antihistamine to stop the inflammation. Other treatments include antihistamine eye drops or anti-inflammatory eye drops.