Conjunctivitis: Symptoms, Causes and How to Treat It
Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye, is the inflammation of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the clear membrane that covers the white part of the eye and the inner eyelid. When it becomes inflamed, it can cause redness, itchiness, and other uncomfortable symptoms. In this article, we will discuss the symptoms, causes, and how to treat conjunctivitis.
The symptoms of conjunctivitis can vary depending on the cause of the infection. However, some of the most common symptoms include:
– Redness in the white part of the eye or the inner eyelid
– Watery or thick discharge from the eye
– Itchy or burning sensation in the eye
– Increased sensitivity to light
– Blurred vision
– Swollen eyelids
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see an eye doctor immediately.
Conjunctivitis is caused by a bacterial, viral, or allergic infection. Bacterial conjunctivitis is caused by bacteria and can be easily treated with antibiotics. Viral conjunctivitis is caused by a virus and is highly contagious, but usually resolves on its own within a few days to a week. Allergic conjunctivitis is caused by exposure to allergens, such as pollen or pet dander.
How to Treat It
The treatment for conjunctivitis depends on the cause of the infection. Bacterial conjunctivitis can be treated with antibiotics, either in the form of eye drops or ointments. Viral conjunctivitis does not require antibiotics and can be treated with a warm compress to relieve symptoms. Allergic conjunctivitis can be treated with antihistamines or allergy medications.
It is important to seek medical attention if you suspect you have conjunctivitis to ensure proper treatment and to prevent spreading the infection to others.
Dr. Dolan from 2020 Vision is an expert in treating conjunctivitis with years of experience in the field. If you are experiencing any symptoms of pink eye or have any concerns about your eye health, please call 248 375 0040 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dolan today.
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