Published on July 25th, 2013 | by Tom2
How To Treat Pink Eye, Causes & Symptoms Of Pink Eye
Once you find your eyes with redness, swelling discharge or itching feelings, lucky you, maybe you got “”. ”Pink eye” is also called conjunctivitis, a disease caused by the infection of the conjunctiva, the membrane that lines the eyelid. Conjunctivitis is not a vital disease, but the eye pain is very annoying. Read this article and you will find ways to get rid of this condition.
Common causes of “pink eye” are viruses, bacteria, and allergens. Potential causes include, chemical exposure, fungi, certain diseases and contact lens use (especially the extended-wear type). The conjunctivitis can also occur when there are foreign bodies in the eye, such as smoke, dust, foams or chemical vapors. Here three major types are listed as follow:
- Viral conjunctivitis Viral conjunctivitis is caused by the infection of a virus in the eye. Among all the different viruses that caused conjunctivitis, most of which are related to an upper respiratory tract infection, for example, cold, or sore throat.
- Bacterial conjunctivitis Bacterial conjunctivitis is caused by the infection of certain bacteria in the eye. This is the major cause of pink eye for children. Usually this type of conjuctivitis is mild and lasts for 2-3weeks or 2-3 weeks. Topical antibiotics are prescription treatment for bacterial conjunctivitis.
- Allergic conjunctivitis Allergic conjunctivitis occurs when the body gets contacts with the agent it is allergic to. For instance, pollen from trees, powders of flowers, dusts or molds. It occurs seasonally with the increase of certain allergic agent, for example pollen from trees.
The signs and symptoms may vary due to different causes, but generally they include:
- Redness in the eyes
- Gritty, sting and burning feelings in the eyes
- Increased amount of tears and more white or yellow eye discharge
- Blurred vision and more sensitivity to the light
- Crustiness of eyelids or lashes
1. Apply an over-the-counter allergy medicine. An over-the-counter allergy medicine is enough to cure mild allergic conjunctivitis with several days of applications.
2. Try an antihistamine. When exposed to the allergens, the body produces histamines, chemicals that caused the symptoms of pink eye. And using an antihistamine can reduce the level of histamines, thus ease your symptoms.
3. Use a decongestant. Unlike the antihistamine, a decongestant is used to ease inflammation, thereby preventing eye tissue from getting further inflammation.
4. Clean the infected eye regularly. To curb the recurring of bacteria, it is important to clean your eyes when the drainage develops in your eye.
- Wash your hands before and after cleaning your eyes.
- Start at the inside corner and pass over the entire eye gently to the outside corner of your eye, which will make sure the discharge is safely wiped out from your eye.
- Use a clean washcloth for each wipe in case of getting the discharge back to your eye.
5. Apply a cold or warm compress. Wet a soft and clean cloth with water. Apply it to the infected eye with gentle pressure.
- Usually, cold compresses better for allergic conjunctivitis, but for viral or bacterial pink eye, it is preferable to use warm compresses since it can reduce swelling in eye.
- Be careful that warm compresses have higher risk of spreading infection between two eyes, so make sure to use a clean compress for each eye.
- Wash your hands before you rub your eyes
- Thoroughly clean your contacts before wearing them again.
- Be careful with your which may well be sources of the infection.
- Do not share your eye medicine including both prescribed and non-prescribed medicines.
- Take preventive measures if you have kids or guests in your home while you are suffering from pink eye.
- Reach the doctor if you have severe pain in your eyes.