Don't Panic with Pink Eye

Don't Panic with Pink Eye

Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is very common and nothing to be concerned about. There are three types of pink eye: viral, bacterial and allergic. If both eyes are red and the discharge is thin and clear, it's likely due to allergies. But if there is redness and swelling in both eyes it's more likely to be an infection — especially if cold symptoms and fever are present. It is a good idea to treat conjunctivitis as quickly as possible, especially since it is contagious. 

Some symptoms to look out for include:

  • Redness around the eye
  • Tearing
  • Thick, sticky discharge around the eye
  • Itching or burning sensation

So what can you do to prevent pink eye? Maintaining good hygiene is at the top of the list. Other recommendations include: 

  • Washing hands often
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes
  • Avoid reusing towels, washcloths, handkerchiefs, and tissues
  • Changing pillowcases frequently
  • Not sharing eye makeup, face make-up, make-up brushes, contact lenses and containers, or eyeglasses with others
  • Refraining from wearing contact lenses until all redness is gone

Typically, pink eye is not serious and home remedies can reduce the discomfort. For instance, you can safely use warm compresses to encourage drainage, and flush the infected eye with some gentle wetting solution or artificial tears.

If you are experiencing moderate to severe eye pain, vision problems, or worsening symptoms, talk to an Amwell doctor today.

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