Pink Eye

The term 'Pink Eye' is used to describe a type of conjunctivitis. The conjunctiva is the outermost layer of the eye and is inflamed in this condition. There are many types of conjunctivitis but the most common causes are allergic, viral, and bacterial. The different forms of conjunctivitis require different approaches to treat them.

Pink Eye

Allergic conjunctivitis is typified by an, 'itchy' feeling and is prevalent in our patient population with allergies. Symptoms may be seasonal with fluctuations in their severity over certain months.

Viral conjunctivitis is very common, especially in children. Viral conjunctivitis is usually associated with a recent cold or flu or sore throat. Supportive therapy and artificial tears are a common treatment.

Bacterial conjunctivitis is caused by various bacteria strains such as staphylococcus and streptococcus. The severity of the infection depends on the type of bacteria involved, and the treatment will vary accordingly.

For the latter two types of conjunctivitis, it is important to note that they are very contagious and caution of transmission should be taken. Washing hands, disinfecting surfaces, keeping your hands away from your eyes and face, and not sharing items such as towels, hats or, glasses, are all ways to decrease the chance of spreading the infection.

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