Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is an inflammation of the transparent membrane (conjunctiva) that covers the white part of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids. It is a common condition that can affect people of all ages and is caused by a variety of factors, including viruses, bacteria, allergens, and irritants.
Symptoms include redness and swelling of the conjunctiva, itching, burning, and a discharge that can make the eyes feel sticky and crusted shut, especially upon waking up. Some people may also experience pain, light sensitivity, and blurred vision.
The type can be determined based on the cause as follows:
- Viral conjunctivitis: This type is caused by a viral infection and is highly contagious. It is often accompanied by cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, cough, and sore throat.
- Bacterial conjunctivitis: This type is caused by a bacterial infection and is also highly contagious. It usually produces a thick, yellow discharge from the eye.
- Allergic conjunctivitis: This type is caused by an allergic reaction to substances such as pollen, pet dander, or dust mites. It is characterized by itching, redness, and tearing.
- Irritant conjunctivitis: This type is caused by exposure to irritants such as smoke, chlorine, or wind. It is characterized by redness, itching, and a feeling of grittiness in the eye.
Treatment depends on the underlying cause. Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis typically go away on their own within a week or two, but antibiotic eye drops can be prescribed to help speed up the healing process and prevent the spread of infection. Allergic conjunctivitis can be treated with antihistamine eye drops or oral medications, while irritant conjunctivitis can be treated by avoiding the irritant and using lubricating eye drops.
It is important to practice good hygiene when dealing with pink eye, as it can easily spread from person to person. This includes washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your eyes, and not sharing towels, eye drops, or makeup.
If you suspect that you have pink eye, it is important to see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
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TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track offers treatment for pink eye. If you have this, the healthcare provider at TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track may conduct a physical examination of your eyes and ask about your symptoms and medical history to diagnose the type you have.
Based on the diagnosis, the healthcare provider can prescribe appropriate treatment, such as antiviral or antibiotic eye drops, antihistamine eye drops, or lubricating eye drops, to help relieve your symptoms and speed up the healing process. In some cases, the healthcare provider may also prescribe oral medications to help treat underlying conditions that may be contributing to your pink eye.
It is important to follow the instructions and to complete the full course of treatment, even if your symptoms improve, to ensure that the infection does not spread or recur.
If you have any questions or concerns about your treatment, it is important to discuss them with the healthcare provider at TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track.
Sources and References
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): This government agency provides information on the causes, symptoms, and treatment of pink eye, as well as tips for prevention.
- American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO): This professional organization provides comprehensive information on pink eye, including the types, causes, symptoms, and treatment options.
- Mayo Clinic: This nonprofit academic medical center provides information on pink eye, including the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options, as well as tips for prevention and self-care.
- World Health Organization (WHO): This international health agency provides information on pink eye, including the causes, symptoms, and treatment options, as well as guidance for healthcare providers and the public.
**It is always important to consult with a healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.**