What is pink eye? No, it is not a popular eyeshadow trend or a new creative name for a crayon. Let’s take a closer look into what gave Pink Eye it’s colorful name.
Pink eye otherwise known as Conjunctivitis is an inflammation or infection of the transparent membrane that lines your eyelid and covers the white part of your eyeball. Sound fun? I bet not, when small blood vessels in the Conjunctiva become inflamed, they’re more visible. This is what causes the whites of your eyes to appear reddish or pink. I am sure you are all wondering what causes this to occur, and I bet you will find this is actually a very common infection, that many have experienced at least once in their life.
Conjunctivitis is commonly caused by a bacterial or viral infection or an allergic reaction. It may even affect one or both eyes. It can be irritating and itchy, but it rarely will affect one’s vision. Pink eye is contagious by touch for as long as two weeks after signs and symptoms occur, and early diagnosis can help limit it’s spread. Treatments can help ease the discomfort of an individual’s pink eye. There are many home remedies that will temporarily reduce irritation and depending on the severity professional help may be required and is recommended.
For mild cases you can try home remedies such as honey applied directly to the eye, Apple cider mixed with water eye rinses, boric acid eye wash, hot compress, or a cool saltwater compress, to name a few. All of which can be found on various websites for instructions. However, if your symptoms persist and you are experiencing discomfort or a sever case of Conjunctivitis, you should always see your primary physician or consult with a telemedicine physician via Virtual ER’s. This ensures that you get an accurate diagnosis and the necessary treatment for a speedy recovery.
Don’t worry, you won’t be the one eye, pink eye, flying purple people eater…for too long. So, wash your hands frequently, exercise good hygiene, and maintain a healthy immune system. Bye bye Pink Eye!