Pink eye is a prevalent minor medical complaint that affects people of all ages. Doctors usually call if conjunctivitis. Some of its most common symptoms are redness and wateriness in the eye and itchiness. The best treatment varies according to whether this condition has bacterial, allergy or viral causes. A parent should bring a baby with suspected pink eye to the doctor. The illness passes without the need for any treatment in many cases, but it is always best to get a professional diagnosis to confirm that this is the problem. Also, anyone who experiences eye pains or prolonged blurred vision should consult their doctor.
Pink eye due to an allergy
If you know, the cause pink eye is usually easy to treat, but this requires a professional diagnosis. If the problem continues, go to your doctor. If the doctor suspects an allergy, the best solution is to keep away from whatever triggers this allergic reaction. If contact with a friend’s pet turns out to be the most likely allergy trigger, it might not be too difficult to keep away. However, someone who is allergic to pollen will not want to stay indoors until the pollen season ends. The doctor may prescribe eye drops or other medications to bring some relief.
Pink eye due to a bacterial infection
If the doctor diagnoses this as a bacterial infection, they might prescribe an antibiotic medicine. Several factors influence their decision. If the pink eye is particularly severe or if the patient’s immune system is not working well, they are more likely to give antibiotics. The patient takes the antibiotics in the form of eye drops in most cases, but cream is often preferred for young children. This medicine usually shortens the time the eye remains infected, and it can prevent the infection spreading to the clear eye.
Pink eye due to a common viral infection
The doctor should quickly recognize if the patient has a viral version of pink eye. Antibiotics do not help and actually, could be harmful in this situation. Viral causes of pink eye tend to be mild. They normally disappear without a week or two without any treatment. In uncommon cases a viral infection might take the best part of a month to go away but again, no treatment is necessary. This type of infection also has no long-term impact on the patient’s general health.
Treatment for people with contact lens
Sometimes contact lens might aggravate the pink eye condition, or they might even be a cause of infection. The appropriate treatment obviously varies according to whether the lens is a trigger or an irritant. If the doctor believes your contact lens have caused the pink eye, they will have to be changed. Otherwise, it should be sufficient to remove the contact lens until the infection goes. Washing contact lens with a disinfectant might be sufficient to allow you to continue wearing them without eye irritations.
Wash your eyes with sterile water
There are many ways to treat pink eye at home without the need to take medications. One of the easiest home treatments requires you to bathe the infected eye (or eyes) with sterilized water. Wet a cotton wool ball with sterilized water and dab it onto the eye. Afterwards, throw away the cotton wool and use a fresh one for the next dabbing. If the pink eyes infection continues, or you experience any eye pain, consult with your doctor about further treatment.
Take additional hygiene precautions
If you have conjunctivitis in one eye, some basic hygiene steps reduce the risk of it spreading to your other eye. Since this condition is infectious, precautions are necessary in every case to protect other people in the household. Good practices to follow include regularly changing and washing pillar cases and sheets, and frequent dusting. The reason for the dusting is to reduce the chance of dust in the eye causing the infection. Also, avoid touching your eyes for no reason. If you need to remove or put in a contact lens, do not forget to wash your hands with soap beforehand.
Placing a tea bag on the infected eye
Some people believe they can heal pink eye through placing a tea bag onto the infected eye. Obviously, they do not use a tea bag taken straight from a hot cup of tea but one that has completely cooled down. They think that some substance in the tea acts as a healing agent, or perhaps the tea somehow draws out the infection from the eye. Folk belief in the effectiveness of this cure continues despite the absence of supporting medical evidence. Doctors actually warn you that there is no way a teabag cures the eye and it is quite likely it will aggravate the problem.
Apply a cold compress
One of the oldest methods of treating pink eye involves applying a cold compress to the eye several times each day until the infection disappears. It is easy to make a cold compress by taking a frozen packet of peas (or a similar item) out of the freezer and wrapping it in a clean cloth. Alternatively, you can buy the cold compress in a pharmacy. In contrast to the teabag home cure, there is supporting evidence that compresses really work and cannot do any damage.
Using artificial tears
Although tears usually come with negative associations, with a little biology knowledge you realize their useful role. Since they help wash out impurities from the eyes you might compare them in certain respects with the window wipers that clean the car’s front window. You may buy an artificial tears eye drop solution at the pharmacy. They help moisturize the eyes and could help cure a pink eye infection.
Taking antihistamine eye drops
When the doctor diagnoses the pink eye as a viral condition, or caused by an allergy, there is no point in prescribing antibiotics. If they decide to give any kind of mediation, antihistamine eye drops are a likely choice. They provide the patient with some welcome relief from that irritating itchiness rather than relieving the condition.