Pink Eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is a common infection of the eye that causes those with Pink Eye to feel discomfort and see discharge in their eyes. To learn more about Pink Eye come into WellCare Urgent Care center in Grand Rapids.
What is Pink Eye?
Pink eye is an infection that occurs in the membrane that lines the eyelid and eyeball. The redness of the eye is caused by the blood vessels in the membrane being inflamed. There are various causes to pink eye. It is caused by a bacterial infection, viral infection, allergic reaction, or, in babies, an incompletely opened tear duct. If you have Pink Eye, it is important to avoid touching the area and to seek medical treatment right away as it can be highly contagious.
Symptoms of Pink Eye
The main symptoms of Pink Eye are:
- A Gritty Feeling
Viral and bacterial pink eye is contagious, it can be spread through contact of the eye drainage. It is important for you and those around you to wash hands frequently and to avoid touching their eyes. Also, avoid sharing towels, makeup, pillows, as this can also spread the infection.
Treatments for Pink Eye
If you have pink eye using artificial tears, cleaning your eyes, and applying a damp compress can be helpful in relieving symptoms. If you wear contacts, then you must stop wearing them until the infection is cleared up. Antibiotics can help with a bacterial infection but if it is a viral infection then it will simply need to run its course.
Come into WellCare
If you are experiencing Pink Eye symptoms, then come into WellCare Urgent Care center today to get started with treatment.