I have seen a few pink eyes this week. Funny, huh? SEEN pink eye. Get it?
Pink eye is called conjunctivitis. It is usually caused by a mild infection. Most are caused by a virus, but can also be caused by bacteria, fungus or allergies.
Symptoms of conjunctivitis are
- redness/burning of the eyes,
- swollen eyelids,
- blurred vision,
- sensitivity to light,
- feeling tender around the eyes,
- watery or yellowish eye drainage (that can cause your eyelashes to be sealed shut in the morning).
Treatment for conjunctivitis is based on the cause.
- If it is allergic, then avoiding triggers, taking antihistamines, or using eye drops may help soothe the eyes and decrease itching.
- If it is from a virus, it should go away without any treatment in a week.
- Bacterial conjunctivitis can be treated with antibiotic eye drops or ointment, but usually also resolves without treatment.
Yes, it is contagious. . . unless it is from allergies. It can be spread through direct contact or if the infected person has touched their eyes and then touched an object that you
Advice: See your doctor if symptoms last more than 3 days. Do not touch your eyes. Wash your hands well and frequently. Do not share personal items with someone else. Keep children home from school or childcare as it is highly contagious (especially
among those who are young with, let’s say, less vigilant hygiene).
Hope to SEE you soon.