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Treatment for Pink Eye

What is Pink Eye?

Pink eye, which is also known as conjunctivitis, is an acute infection of the thin protective membrane on the surface of the eyeball as well as on the inner surfaces of the eyelids. Pink eye can be caused by a wide spectrum of reasons -- bacteria, viruses, and allergens or environmental irritants like harsh chemicals.

The eye becomes pink or red once the infection becomes obvious. So, for all those people who wear contact lenses, they should discontinue using their lenses immediately. Also, they should ask their optometrist about the right time to start using them again even if the eye looks apparently healthy after getting cured. It is suggested that one should wear sunglasses until the problem goes away as this can shade the eyes from sunrays or further pollutants that can turn the pink eye acute. It is not a good sight for the onlooker as well to look into the eyes of the patient with swollen red/pink eyes and yellowish/greenish discharge from the eyes.

Some Do’s and Don’ts for People with Pink Eye

Though pink eye is not a dangerous disease, it is better to take it seriously as this will prevent the disease from turning acute. If you are suffering from pink eye and you are a contact lens user, the first and foremost thing you have to do is to remove your contact lenses immediately. Also do not touch your eyes with your hands every now and then. If at all you need to touch the area to put in eye-drops or apply warm compresses, wash your hands with a mild antiseptic soap before that. Do not use other’s clothes or towels when you are suffering as this may spread the infection. Also do not use wash cloths from one eye to the other. Seek medical advice from your eyecare expert as soon as it is possible, and do not just wait till the infection gets worse. Cool compresses are helpful in easing the irritation.

You have to take special care of not scratching or rubbing your eyes when you are suffering from pink eye. Also, do not use creams, lotions and cosmetics when you are infected. If possible, do not socialize or go to schools, colleges or offices while the infection is present.

Conjunctivitis or pink eye subsides in 65% of cases within two to five days, and it is not always necessary to be prescribed antibiotics for the purpose.

Treatment for Pink Eye

According to the type of pink eye or conjunctivitis infection, there are different treatments for pink eye. Take a look to have an idea in a nutshell. 

Allergic Pink Eye

Allergic pink eyes are comparatively the mild cases. You can wash your eyes with cold water with your head inclining downward so that the capillaries are constricted. Administration of artificial tears also provides temporary relief to the discomfort. However, if the infection is severe, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and antihistamines are administered. Persistent allergic conjunctivitis are treated with steroidal drops.

 Bacterial Pink Eye

Bacterial pink eye gets cured in most of the cases without any serious treatment. However, if the pink eye is still persistent after three days, antibiotics and eye-drops are prescribed to the patient.

 Viral Pink Eye

Viral conjunctivitis does not have any specific treatment. You can get rid of the symptoms and discomforts associated with it by cold compresses and artificial tears. If you are having viral pink eye, you are strictly advised against sharing towels and washcloths.

Chemical Pink Eye

Pink Eye that happens because of exposure to harsh chemicals is treated with Ringer's lactate or saline solutions. If the pink eye is a symptom of something as severe as alkali burns, it should be treated as a medical emergence immediately as they can cause permanent intraocular damage. People who are suffering from chemical pink eye should not touch their eyes no matter whether their hands are clean or not, as the chances of spreading the infection from one eye to another is pretty high.

Herbal Remedies of Pink Eye

It is said that apple juice and diluted apple cider vinegar is effective in the treatment of pink eyes. However, do ask your eyecare specialist for eye care tips when you are suffering from pink eye.

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