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Is pink eye going around your child’s school? Find out what to do if you or your little one catches it.
Pink eye, also referred to a conjunctivitis, is a common and highly contagious infection of the eye that leads to redness, itching and excessive tearing. This infection frequently occurs in school-age children; however, it’s possible for anyone to catch pink eye if they come in contact with someone who has this infection. Find out the symptoms of pink eye and when to see our Elmhurst, IL, optometrists for treatment.
Causes of Pink Eye
There are three main types of pink eye:
Allergic: An allergic infection occurs as a result of coming in contact with outdoor or indoor irritants such as pet dander, pollen, ragweed, or dust. Those whose allergies may experience seasonal flare-ups that also result in pink eye.
Bacterial: A bacterial infection such as Haemophilus influenzae and Streptococcus pneumoniae can also cause pink eye. Those with bacterial conjunctivitis are more likely to deal with pus or very thick discharge coming from one or both eyes.
Viral: This is the result of a virus such as a common cold. This is extremely contagious but will often go away on its own after a few days. No treatment is usually necessary.
Symptoms of Pink Eye
There are a lot of things that can cause red, itchy eyes, from allergies and environmental pollutants to infections. So, how do you know that you have pink eye? The symptoms you experience will vary depending on the cause of your pink eye:
Viral: This infection can cause symptoms in either one or both eyes. You may notice that your eyes are more sensitive to light. You may also have itchy, red, and watery eyes.
Bacterial: This type of infection can infect both eyes. You may notice a yellowish and sticky discharge that may be so thick that it seals your eyes shut in the morning.
Allergic: Those with allergic conjunctivitis are more likely to experience burning, itchy, and watery eyes that may also be sensitive to light. Along with these symptoms you’ll also experience normal allergy symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, or stuffy or runny nose.
When to See an Eye Doctor
If your child’s eyes and eyelids are getting progressively red, tender or swollen it’s important to see your Elmhurst, IL, eye doctor right away to prevent the infection from spreading. Bacterial conjunctivitis will require proper treatment to prevent severe and permanent eye damage. This is why it’s important to recognize the symptoms and if in doubt give us a call. We can talk to you over the phone about your symptoms to see if you need to come into the office right away.
If you or your child is dealing with the uncomfortable symptoms of pink eye then call Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL, today to schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors.
Are you worried that you may have pink eye? The Elmhurst, IL, eye doctors at Skowron Eye Care discuss the condition and share a few common signs.
What is pink eye?
Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the layer of tissue that lines your eyelids and the whites of your eyes. About three million people in the U.S. develop pink eye every year, according to the National Eye Institute.
What are the symptoms of pink eye?
Pink eye symptoms include:
- Redness: Your eyes may look very red and bloodshot if you have pink eye. If you take a look at your eyelids, you might notice that they're also red.
- Tearing: You may need to constantly wipe your eyes due to increased tear production.
- Uncomfortable Sensations: When you have conjunctivitis, it may feel as if something's stuck in your eyelid, even though your eye looks perfectly fine. Your eyes may also burn or itch.
- Light Sensitivity: Light sensitivity is a common complaint in people who have pink eye. Both sunlight and indoor lighting may hurt your eyes and cause excessive tearing.
- Discharge: You may notice a stringy white, clear, green, or yellow discharge from your eyes if you have conjunctivitis. You may also wake up in the morning and discover that a thick crust has formed over your eyelids, making it difficult to open your eyes.
How did I get pink eye?
Your eyes may have become inflamed due to a viral or bacterial infection, or by exposure to an allergen or a substance that irritates your eyes. Up to 80 percent of acute pink eye cases are caused by a virus, according to a systematic review published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Despite the various causes of the condition, the symptoms are the same.
How is pink eye treated?
If your condition is caused by a virus, it will get better on its own. Until it does, you may want to use artificial tears to relieve burning and itching, wipe away discharge with a moistened cloth, and apply warm or cool compresses to your eyes. If you have bacterial conjunctivitis, you'll need a prescription for antibiotic eye drops. When pink eye is caused by allergens, we may recommend eye drops that contain antihistamines, decongestants, steroids or mast cell stabilizers during your visit to our Elmhurst office.
Whether you have pink eye or need an eye exam, the optometrists at Skowron Eye Care can help you care for your eyes. Call our Elmhurst, IL, office at (630) 834-6244 to schedule an appointment.