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Pink Eye (Conjuctivitis)

Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin, clear layer of tissue that covers the white part of the eye and lines the inner surface of the eyelids. Symptoms of conjunctivitis may include:

  • Redness or swelling in the affected eye(s)

  • Itching, burning, or stinging sensations

  • Excessive tearing or discharge from the eye(s)

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Blurred vision

Red flags that may indicate a more serious condition include:

  • Severe or worsening eye pain

  • Vision loss or changes

  • Pus or other discharge from the eye(s)

  • Photophobia or extreme sensitivity to light

  • High fever or signs of infection

Treatment for conjunctivitis typically involves self-care measures to alleviate symptoms and promote healing. These may include:

  • Applying warm or cool compresses to the affected eye(s)

  • Using over-the-counter artificial tears or lubricating eye drops to reduce dryness and irritation

  • Avoiding contact lenses or using new, clean ones after the infection has cleared

  • Practicing good hygiene, such as washing hands frequently and avoiding touching or rubbing the affected eye(s)

In some cases, referral to a healthcare provider may be necessary. They may recommend medical treatments such as:

  • Prescription-strength antibiotic or antiviral eye drops or ointments in cases of bacterial or viral conjunctivitis

  • Prescription-strength corticosteroid eye drops or ointments in cases of severe or chronic conjunctivitis

  • Allergy testing or other diagnostic tests to identify underlying causes

Prevention measures for conjunctivitis include avoiding contact with individuals who have the infection, practicing good hand hygiene, and avoiding sharing personal items such as towels, pillows, or eye makeup with others.

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