Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is a common childhood illness. Pink eye is caused by an adenovirus, which is a common respiratory virus.
Pink eye is an inflammation (redness and swelling) of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the thin clear tissue that lies over the white part of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelid. So anything that triggers inflammation will cause these conjunctival blood vessels to dilate, resulting in red and bloodshot eyes.
Children get pink eye a lot. However, anyone can get pink eye. Pink eye is highly contagious, but it’s rarely serious. Pink eye typically goes away in 7 to 10 days without medical treatment.
What Causes Pink Eye?
There are several causes to pink eye which includes:
An allergic reaction
A reaction to eyedrops
Symptoms of Pink Eye
There are several symptoms of pink eye which includes:
Swollen lymph nodes
Green or white discharge from eye
More tears than usual
thick yellow discharge that cuts over the eyelashes
Preventing Pink Eye
There are several things you can do to prevent pink eye. Taking these precautions can significantly reduce your risk of getting pink eye. Here are the ways you can prevent pink eye:
Never share personal items
Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
Avoid rubbing or touching your eyes
Never share your color contact lenses with friends
Wash your hands frequently
Keep a hand disinfectant handy
Frequently clean surfaces
Ask your doctor how to minimize your symptoms if you suffer from seasonal allergies