Things to Know about Pinkeye Symptoms

November 12, 2012

Things to Know about Pinkeye Symptoms

Although there are many causes of pinkeye it is essentially a swelling and redness of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is a mucous membrane that lines the eyelid and eye surface. Normally this membrane is clear but once it has been irritated or becomes infected it can swell and turn red. Most people are probably familiar with infant pinkeye as it is fairly common. Pinkeye is usually not a serious condition and can be treated at home with an eye wash you can purchase at the drug store. You want to make sure the eye is kept clean to prevent spreading of the condition. Common forms of pinkeye generally don’t last more than a week or so and doesn’t require professional medical treatment. Nevertheless, it is good to recognize Pinkeye Symptoms when they occur.

If you have viral conjunctivitis, Pinkeye Symptoms can take any where from 1 to 2 weeks to clear up. You may want to get some artificial tears from the pharmacy to ease any discomfort you are feeling from the inflammation. Antibiotics are no good here. Antibiotics don’t go after viruses just bacteria. On the other hand, if your conjunctivitis is caused bacteria, your doctor will probably prescribe some antibiotic eye drops or ointment. Bacterial pinkeye generally heals quickly. Listed below are some common Pinkeye Symptoms that may help you identify whether or not you have pinkeye.

  • Hyperemia, redness in 1 or both eyes

  • Itching or burning, in 1 or both eyes

  • Swollen eyelids

  • Gritty feeling

  • Discharge, may form a crust at night when sleeping

  • Excessive tearing

  • Photosensitivity

The most common causes of pinkeye are viral or bacterial infections, exposure to the elements such as wind, sun or very dry environment, chemicals, smoke and allergies. Remember that viral and bacterial forms of pinkeye are contagious and easily spread. To prevent pink eye from spreading make sure you hands are clean. Hand contract is the easiest way to spread this infection. Don’t share any kind of toweling or washcloths with anyone who has pinkeye. And, if you have pinkeye be considerate of others. If you currently have a contagious form of pinkeye, it is best you stay home until your symptoms subside. This probably will take anywhere from three to five days. If you have received antibiotic treatment, you can go back to work or school usually within 24 hours.

In case your curious, there is another term for problems of the eye known as “red eye”. This is a catch all common term that describes redness on or around the eye not just the lining of the eye. The description Red eye includes pinkeye or conjunctivitis plus a whole host of other causes. However, pinkeye is the main cause of red eye. Red eye causes include: foreign objects in the eye (living or nonliving), scrapes, sores,injury or infection of deeper parts of the eye that would cause iritis (inflammation of the iris, colored part) or uveitis (inflammation of the uvea) or keratitis (inflammation of the cornea). Other forms of red eye include glaucoma (high eye pressures) and infections of the eye socket itself.

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