Pink Eye Treatment
Pink eye occurs when you have redness, swelling, itchiness, and pain around your eye. It can happen in one or both eyes. There are a variety of causes of this condition, which include allergies, bacteria, chemical splash, foreign object, virus, and blocked tear ducts.
Because pink eye can happen at any time, it’s important to understand its symptoms and how to manage it.
GuruMD offers online advice for pink eye, allowing you to speak with a board certified professional and get treatment from the comfort of your home. Find out about this condition by reading here.
What Is Pink Eye?
Pink eye is also called conjunctivitis, or the infection or inflammation of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the transparent membrane that lines the eyelid and covers the white part of the eyeball.
The mechanism of action for conjunctivitis occurs when the blood vessels in the conjunctiva get inflamed. As a result, the white part of the eye becomes pink or red. It’s usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection, but blocked tear ducts and allergy symptoms can cause this as well.
Even though this can be irritating, it will not affect your vision. Treatment is often geared towards alleviating any discomfort and finding the underlying cause to treat it.
Symptoms of Pink Eye
The most common symptoms of pinkeye or conjunctivitis are:
- Gritty feeling
How Does GuruMD Treat Pink Eye?
At GuruMD, we offer urgent care for patients with pink eye. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms of pink eye, all you have to do is create an account to get in touch with a medical provider. Register online and then visit a doctor from your app.
Our board-certified professionals will diagnose conjunctivitis by asking questions about your recent health history and current symptoms. Usually, an office visit is not needed, so going online to see a doctor is convenient and effective.
The doctor may send you to a lab to take samples of the liquid from the eye for culture. The culture is needed only in severe cases, and it helps the healthcare provider identify potential bacterial infection or sexually transmitted disease.
The main goal of pink eye treatment is symptom relief. The physician may recommend artificial tears, applying cold or warm compresses, and cleaning the eyelid with a wet towel.
If you wear contact lenses, it would be advisable to stop wearing them until the symptoms are gone. The doctor may recommend that you throw out the contact lens that you have worn to prevent reinfection. After all, the lack of hygiene can lead to an eye infection.
The doctor may also ask about makeup that you wear. Some cosmetic brands can elicit an allergic reaction, therefore, leading to pinkeye.
In some cases, you don't need antibiotic eye drops because the conjunctivitis is usually viral, and antibiotics won’t help. In fact, antibiotics might make viral infections worse. When it comes to viral infections, the primary treatment is symptomatic relief. The infectious agent usually goes away in 1 to 3 weeks. If it’s viral conjunctivitis, you will notice that the symptoms gradually get better on its own.
If the eye condition is caused by allergic conjunctivitis, then the doctor may prescribe different types of eyedrops. This medication has antihistamine actions to control allergic symptoms as well as stabilizing mast cells. The physician will also prescribe medication to act as a decongestant, steroid, and to control inflammation.
Once you receive the proper treatment, the physician would provide medical advice on how to manage the symptoms of pinkeye. The primary treatment with an allergy is to grab a clean cloth and soak it with cool water and gently compress the eye with it. There are over-the-counter artificial eye drops that can help relieve the symptoms.
If conjunctivitis only happens on one side of the eye, you will be advised to avoid touching the other side to prevent infecting the other eye. After all, this condition is very contagious, so it’s best to avoid rubbing and touching your eyes.
To make sure you’re on the right track, we also offer walk-in appointments for patients with pink eye. We want to make sure you enjoy a safe recovery process and get all the care you need to overcome your symptoms.
Experiencing a pink eye? Register for your GuruMD account now to get the treatment you need.