Knowing The Symptoms Of Pink Eye And When To Visit A Doctor

Pink Eye is a condition that can impact children and adults. There are multiple causes for this health issue, and even though it is contagious, the ultimate results are seldom serious in nature. However, pink eye is not the official term for the condition, which involves an inflammation that impacts the tissue that is located over the white portion of your eye, along with the lines that exist inside your eyelid.

This is the element of your eye that is referred to as the conjunctiva. That is why the condition of Pink Eye itself is officially referred to conjunctivitis, because it causes the white of your eye to appear pink. This occurs because the blood vessels that are located inside the eye become more noticeable.

Symptoms

If you or one of your children is dealing with pinkeye the symptoms of this condition can include not only involve redness but can also result in swelling or an itchy or burning feeling in the eye. Other symptoms include discharge in the area that could be clear, yellow, green, or white, tearing with greater frequency than normal, and a gritty sensation in your eye, similar to the feeling that an item is contained within the eye.

Causes

According to the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC), there are four different causes of pink eye.

Viruses – infections are a frequent cause of pink eye, which can be the result of multiple viruses including adenoviruses – which are respiratory illnesses such as colds, bronchitis, and pneumonia. Most cases of pink eye occur through hand-to-hand contact, or by touching objects that were previously touched by someone who has the condition. Pink eye can also be spread through droplets that were transferred from a respiratory tract

Bacteria – also refers to bacterial conjunctivitis, which is an inflammation that takes places due to the formation of bacteria. This condition is more likely to occur with children and is most frequent during the months of December-April

Allergens – your body’s response to allergens can also cause pink eye, and typical allergens include pollen, dust mites, molds, pets, medicines; or cosmetics

Irritants – an irritation from a foreign substance such as dust, smoke, fumes, or chemicals can also induce pink eye

Pink Eye In Newborns

Newborns can develop pink eye within several weeks of birth, and if this occurs, there can be visible puffiness or redness. This can be the result of a blocked tear duct, or due to an irritation or infection that occurred at birth, as bacteria can be passed from mothers during the birth process. It is important to visit a doctor immediately if your newborn is experiencing the symptoms of pink eye.

How To Avoid The Spread Of Pink Eye

Since pink eye is contagious, it will be critical for you to take steps that prevent the spread of this condition. The precautions that are recommended include washing your hands repeatedly and making sure that you do not touch your eyes with your hands.

It will also be beneficial to avoid sharing towels and washcloths when doing laundry, while also changing your pillowcases frequently, and discarding any cosmetics that you normally use. It is also important that you do not share your cosmetics with others. You should also avoid using any eye drop dispenser or bottle for your infected and non-infected eyes, and you should not enter swimming pools.

If you find yourself near anyone who is dealing with pink eye, it will be important to wash your hands with soap, or a hand sanitizer if you cannot locate any soap. You should wash your hands immediately after any contact with an item that someone with conjunctivitis has touched.

When To Visit A Doctor

It is recommended that you visit a doctor if you are experiencing pain in your eye that is moderate to severe in nature, or if your eyes have become more sensitive to light. You should also consult a physician if you are experiencing blurred vision, redness in the eye, or if your immune system has been weakened due to an existing condition.

You should also talk with a doctor if you have pre-existing eye conditions that enhance the risk of more serious complications, or if your child or newborn is experiencing any symptoms of pink eye. It is also important to stop the use of contact lens immediately after the symptoms of pink eye have developed. 

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center We Can Help 

If you are concerned that you or a member of your family is dealing with pink eye, or if you have any questions about pink eye, do not hesitate to contact us at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center. At Rapid Med, not only do we offer immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening, but we also provide both primary and preventive care.

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In addition to visiting our offices at either location, you can receive the same great care and consideration by using our On Demand service through your phone, tablet, or computer.

Regardless of how you contact us, we can also assist you, or answer any questions regarding any of these other medical problems.

In addition to the primary care and preventive care that is available at Rapid Med, we also offer immediate medical attention for nearly all conditions, including pink eye. Our knowledgeable professionals are available and dedicated to providing immediate assistance seven days a week, which includes attention to all walk-ins. Our board-certified physicians can also deliver the same services that are supplied at the ER for a fraction of the cost. Our Urgent Care capabilities include:

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