Pink eye is very common, especially among kids in academic settings. Certain versions of pink eye (namely, the versions caused by bacteria or viruses) can spread rapidly, especially in settings where personal hygiene is less than stellar. In a classroom, it’s not uncommon to see several kids come down with pink eye simultaneously.
There are multiple causes of conjunctivitis, and the treatment for its symptoms vary depending on the cause. Visit us for an eye exam (see also: eye exams for kids) for a fast diagnosis of your pink eye and quick relief of its symptoms.
If you currently have conjunctivitis that has not improved after 3-5 days, we recommend visiting us for a diagnosis. Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are both extremely contagious. Taking active steps to reduce the spread of pathogens, such as washing your hands frequently (and especially after touching your eyes), can make a big difference in the frequency of infection.
There are three main causes of conjunctivitis:
The main symptom conjunctivitis presents is a redness of the cornea and surrounding eye tissue. This is where it has earned its nickname “pink eye”. Other symptoms include:
A standard eye exam is generally sufficient to diagnose conjunctivitis. If your case of pink eye is quite significant, we may request follow ups and lab work on the secretion samples.
Treatments vary depending on the cause of conjunctivitis.
Mild cases of conjunctivitis can be handled at home using home remedies. Keep kids at home if they develop pink eye and come visit us if it doesn’t start to clear on its own after a few days.
A warm compress will loosen any discharge and relieve the area. Ensure that you use a different compress for each eye; using the same compress will pass pathogens back and forth.
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