Pink Eye

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Pink Eye (conjunctivitis)

Also known as conjunctivitis, pink eye is an inflammation of the transparent membrane that lines the eyelids and eye.

What are the causes?

Generally caused by a bacterial or viral infection, it is extremely contagious.

What are the symptoms?

Pink eye is aptly named the primary symptom is that the white of the eye becomes pink or red. You may also have some yellowish discharge that forms a crust during the night.

How can it be treated?

If the infection is bacterial, your eye doctor may prescribe antibiotic drops. Otherwise, your doctor may recommend that you soothe your eyes with a warm compress and artificial tears.

Don’t spread it around

Pink eye is spread from person to person by any kind of direct or indirect contact. So, until the itching, pain, and tearing have stopped, people with pink eye should avoid contact with others. Here are some tips:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Use a fresh tissue every time you wipe your eyes
  • Immediately dispose of used tissues
  • Do not share towels, washcloths, handkerchiefs, or pillows
  • Do not share sunglasses, make-up, eye drops, or anything else that touches the eye

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