Your alarm goes off, it’s Monday morning, you’re ready to have a great day but you can’t open your eye? It’s all crusty and gooey. You finally get it open, but now it won’t stop watering. Good morning, you have pink eye.
Don’t worry, pink eye is common and about 6 million people in the United States are affected each year. On the other hand, pink eye is highly contagious and should not be taken lightly.
What is Pink Eye?
Pink eye is also known as conjunctivitis and is inflammation or infection of your conjunctiva. Your conjunctiva is the membrane on the outside of your eyeball and inside your eyelid. Common symptoms include watery discharge, red coloring of your eyes and sensitivity to light. Most of the time pink eye is caused by a virus, so you may have a cold and wake up to pink eye.
Types of Pink Eye
- Allergic conjunctivitis: this type of pink eye is often caused by seasonal allergies. The symptoms accompanied by allergic conjunctivitis include itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and dry throat. Simple over the counter antihistamines may be able to provide relief or you can be asked to be prescribed antibiotic eye drops that are more effective.
- Bacterial pink eye: this is caused by different types of bacteria and comes along with heavier eye discharge which could be yellow or green. If you have bacterial conjunctivitis get medical help because you will need antibiotics. If you wear contact lenses, avoid wearing them until the infection is over.
- Viral pink eye: this pink eye may be caused by a cold, measles, chickenpox or other viruses. This usually lasts 10 days and does not need medical attention.
Pink eye conditions can easily be treated at home or by the help of a medical professional. Here are some ways to relieve your symptoms:
- Wash your hands before and after touching your eye
- Avoid contact lenses
- Use a warm compress (with a small amount of baby shampoo) to remove the discharge/crust from your eyes
- When you wipe your eye make sure to start at the inside and move outward
- Sanitize surfaces like counters and doorknobs. Also, make sure to change your bedsheets.
- Try and stay away from eye makeup. Using eye makeup during an eye infection may infect the makeup and give you pink eye in the future
Get medical help if these symptoms or conditions apply to you:
- You have heavy yellow or green discharge
- Your eyes are in pain, blurry vision, fever or chills
- Your baby has pink eye
- If you wake up with your eyelids stuck together
You will need specific treatment for this bacterial infection, make sure to seek medical help if you experience any of these symptoms.
Las Vegas Urgent Care
If you are unsure whether your pink eye needs medical attention or not, you can always come down to Las Vegas Urgent Care and we’ll take a look for you. Our compassionate doctors and nurses take care of ailments and illnesses right away with the highest level of care. We will have you back to yourself in no time! Call us if you have any questions!