How to Identify and Treat Pink Eye
Pink eye is very common, especially for young children who go to summer camp. Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is fairly easy to treat, especially if it is identified early. Read on to learn how to spot pink eye and find treatment options.
What Does Pink Eye Look Like?
As the name suggests, pink eye is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, causing the eye to develop a reddish/pink color. This coloration is the easiest symptom to spot. However, it is important to learn about the other pink eye symptoms. These can include: crusty eyelids/lashes, clear, white, yellow, or green eye discharge, itchy eyes, and increased tearing.
How Do I Prevent Pink Eye from Spreading? How Do I Avoid Pink Eye?
Pink Eye can spread easily as viruses or bacteria. Some major ways to avoid pink eye are washing your hands often with soap and water, disinfecting common areas (for example, the doorknobs), avoid touching or rubbing your eyes, and stay away from sharing things like eyeglasses, contact lens/contact lens containers, and makeup (ex: mascara).
What Should I Do If I Think I Have Pink Eye?
- According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), there are times when you should seek the help of a health provider if you have any of the following:
- Moderate to severe pain in your eye(s)
- Sensitivity to light or blurred vision
- Intense redness in the eye(s)
- A weakened immune system, for example from HIV or cancer treatment
- Symptoms that get worse or don’t improve, including bacterial pink eye that does not improve after 24 hours of antibiotic use
- Pre-existing eye conditions that may put you at risk for complications or severe infection
- An infant or newborn with symptoms of pink eye should see a healthcare provider immediately
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