The Perils of Pink Eye: 7 Things You Need to Know
| 2 min read
- Viral– red, itchy and watery eyes that are pink in color; typically shows signs during a viral infection like a cold, but still highly contagious via sneezing or coughing. Viral pink eye can affect one or both eyes.
- Bacterial– caused by a bacterial infection; usually marked by symptoms of crusty yellow/green discharge lining the eye. Spread through direct touch; can affect one or both eyes.
- Allergic– watery, burning and itchy eyes that mimic symptoms of viral conjunctivitis. Allergic conjunctivitis, however, is typically coupled with allergy symptoms like nasal congestion, eyelid swelling and sneezing among others. Allergic conjunctivitis affects both eyes.
- Clean hands and surfaces thoroughly and often. Use antibacterial wipes and solutions and don’t share tissues or washcloths.
- Practice wellness etiquette to reduce the spread of germs.
- Be careful about contact lenses. That means never share them, take them out when swimming or bathing, follow doctor’s instructions for cleaning or replacing them and wear glasses, when necessary, to protect your eyes when you don’t have contacts in.
- Reduce your allergy symptoms with your doctor’s advisement as soon as symptoms occur. Being proactive early on can help reduce allergic conjunctivitis later.