Pink eye is also known as conjunctivitis, an inflammation of the lining of the eyelid and eye surface due to the dilation of blood vessels. It refers to viral conjunctivitis, which is a highly-contagious infection caused by different viruses.
While contagious, pink eye isn’t usually a serious condition as it often goes away on its own over the course of 7-10 days. Dr. Espy, however, does offer treatment to get rid of its bothersome symptoms.
There are three primary types of conjunctivitis with different causes. These include:
Caused by a virus, this strand is the most common case. It’s highly contagious, but it typically clears up on its own without medical treatment.
As the name suggests, bacteria cause this type of pink eye. It usually requires a trip to your doctor as it may cause serious damage if left untreated.
Allergic conjunctivitis arises from eye irritants and affects susceptible individuals. Some common irritants include pollen, dust, and pet dander. It’s the only type of conjunctivitis that isn’t contagious.
Several causes trigger inflammation and create the common symptoms of bloodshot, itchy, and watery eyes. They may depend on the type of conjunctivitis you have, but most cases of pink eye are caused by:
To avoid spreading pink eye, be sure to wash your hands religiously.
Pink eye has some similar symptoms across the different types. These include:
There are, however, symptoms specific to each strand of pink eye. Signs of viral conjunctivitis include:
Symptoms of bacterial conjunctivitis include:
And signs of allergic conjunctivitis include:
Contact Dr. Mary Espy if you have any concerns about pink eye or are seeking treatment.
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