Pink Eye ConjunctivitisWhat are the symptoms of pink eye?
Pink Eye Conjunctivitis
Conjunctivitis, otherwise knows as pink eye, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva. The conjuctiva is the membrane lining of the eyelids and the eyes. Pink eye is caused by bacteria, viruses, chlamydia, parasites, fungi, allergens and irritants. Tobacco smoke and dust often cause pink eye. Pink eye does not always mean that your child is sick.
Symptoms of pink eye include bloodshot eyes, tearing, eye discharge, burning, itching and light sensitivity. Your child may also notice that his eyelids are crusted after sleeping. Pink eye generally begins in one eye, but can spread to the other eye through rubbing and itching.
People can transmit pink eye to one another through eye-hand contact, towels, toys and bed linens. Anytime the affected eye is touched, the disease can be spread to other people. Wash your child's hands frequently to avoid spreading the condition to others. The duration of pink eye varies with the cause. If your child has a viral infection, the disease can last anywhere from 2 days to 3 weeks. Bacterial infections generally last about 2 weeks. If pink eye is caused by an allergen or irritant, it will remain until the substance is removed from the environment. In extreme cases, blindness can occur if not properly treated as can eye damage if the condition becomes persistent.
If you suspect that your child has pink eye, call your doctor for an appointment to confirm the diagnosis. If the condition worsens or does not respond to treatment, call again. Your child's doctor will probably recommend eye soaks, elimination of irritants, eye drops or ointments. Wash linens and towels separately from other clothes and towels to lessen the chances of transmission. Comments: Pink Eye Conjunctivitis
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