Pink Eye Disease, Symptoms, Causes And Treatment
What Is Pink Eye Disease?
Pink eye disease is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the thin, clear tissue that covers the inside of the eyelids and the white of the eye. When conjunctiva is infected, its blood vessels that are normally impossible to spot become more visible, making the eye pink or reddish.
There are three kinds of conjunctivitis: viral conjunctivitis, aacterial conjunctivitis and allergic conjunctivitis. The term pink eye disease is used by eye doctors to refer exclusively to viral conjunctivitis.
What Causes Pink Eye Disease?
If your eyes are red while your sweetheart is still around or you feel perfectly happy, viruses are to blame then, the most common ones are adenovirus and herpesvirus. To put it simply, a common cold is the culprit. In that case, you can transmit or catch pink eye disease very easily from other people, but you will usually recover in a few days even without getting any medical treatment.
Pink Eye Disease Symptoms
First of all, an eye that is pink. The disease can infect one or both eyes. Additional symptoms include:
- Sensitivity to light
- Watery and itchy eyes
- Swollen and puffy eyelids
- Enlargement of the lymph node. (The lymph node is in front of the ear. It collects and destroys viruses and bacteria)
- Having a discharge, especially after sleep.
- Constant feeling that something is in your eyes.
How Is Pink Eye Disease Treated?
Most cases of pink eye disease are mild and don’t require medical treatment. If you have the disease, just let it run its course which can last 7-14 days and then it will clear up. Sometimes it may take a few weeks for full recovery but long-term consequences rarely happen.
You can speed up the recovery process by using eye drops, also known as artificial tears. They can by bought without doctor prescription. You can also apply a cold, wet washcloth to the eyes several times a day. (Remember to use a clean washcloth and share it with no one). If you are using contact lenses, replace them with eyeglasses. You should not use antibiotics because the viruses responsible for pink eye disease are immune to them.
However, there may be serious extreme cases with serious complications. You will do well to contact the doctor immediately if the following situation occur:
- Moderate or severe pain in the eyes.
- Serious eye itching or irritation.
- Blurred vision: You can’t see clearly even when you’ve wiped up the discharge.
- Intensely red eyes.
Anyway, don’t forget that pink eye disease is very contagious so if you catch it, avoid crowded places or wear eyeglasses all the time. If you feel so irritated, take comfort from the fact that red eye induced by sadness is much more undesirable.