Urgent Care for Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
Conjunctivitis—also commonly referred to as “pink eye”—is an inflammation or infection of the membrane which lines the eyelids and covers the white part of the eyeball. Though pink eye doesn’t usually result in long-term vision problems, it can be an extremely irritating and uncomfortable condition.
What Causes Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)?
Pink eye is extremely common and often affects children and adolescents. It can be caused either by allergic reaction, foreign object in the eye, viral infection or bacterial infection. While both bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are contagious, the viral form of the condition is the most common.
Those who wear contacts may be at additional risk of developing conjunctivitis.
What are the Symptoms of Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)?
While redness of the eye is without a doubt the most common symptom of conjunctivitis, it’s not the only sign to watch out for. Symptoms of pink eye may include:
- Excessive Tear Production
- Itching/Burning Sensation
- Feeling of “Grit” Under of the Eyelid
If conjunctivitis forms on the heels of a cold or other viral infection, it may also come along with respiratory symptoms. Be sure to seek immediate medical treatment if symptoms are associated with a fever of 102 F or higher.
Diagnosing and Treatment of Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
Treatment of conjunctivitis depends upon diagnosis, which is typically made after a thorough physical exam has been conducted. If symptoms are thought to be due to bacterial infection, an antibiotic may be prescribed as treatment. Otherwise, medicated drops may be used to alleviate and reduce redness—especially if pink eye is thought to be allergic in nature.
The most important thing to remember with pink eye is that viral and bacterial cases are very contagious. Avoid touching the eye for any reason, and be sure to wash your hands after any contact has been made.
Neonatal conjunctivitis may be related to a clogged tear duct dacryocystitis—Less common causes are gonorrhea or chlamydia. Children under the age of 5 are more likely than older children and adults to have bacterial conjunctivitis.
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