How To Avoid Getting Pink Eye

How To Avoid Getting Pink Eye

 

What Is Pink Eye

Pink eye is commonly referred to as conjunctivitis which is an inflammation of the eye’s coating and lid. Inflammation causes the blood vessels to dilate resulting in red, bloodshot eyes.

There are three primary types of conjunctivitis - viral, bacterial and allergic.

Viral Conjunctivitis - caused by viruses such as the common cold. While highly contagious, usually no medication is necessary as the pink eye will clear up on its own in a few days.

Bacterial Conjunctivitis - caused by bacteria, this pink eye can cause severe damage to the eye if left untreated.

Allergic Conjunctivitis - caused by allergens. This pink eye does not affect everyone, but for those who experience allergies may see flare-ups seasonally or year-round dependent upon the particular allergen. Some over-the-counter and prescription medicines will help in lessening inflammation.

How To Avoid Pink Eye

The best way to avoid allergic conjunctivitis is to stay clear from allergens. Avoid unnecessary run-ins with pets or strolls outside during pollen season. When exposure to allergens is unavoidable, take care to thoroughly wash hands and clothing to avoid re-exposing yourself later.

Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis can be avoided through proper personal hygiene practices: wash hands often, don’t touch your eyes (especially after coming in contact with an infected person), cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing, and don’t share towels or eye cosmetics. Changing your pillowcase often and using a new towel daily will cut down on the chance of repeated exposure. Removing contact lenses before showering, swimming or being in water of any kind reduces the chance of bacteria becoming trapped between your eye and lenses. Frequently clean shared spaces like countertops, faucets and phones to minimize the chance of bacteria spreading.

If you find that you have been infected with pink eye, there are things you can do to avoid becoming infected again: throw away all eye cosmetics that were used during the infection period, throw out used contact lenses and wear glasses until your eyes are healed, clean or replace all contact lens cases, wash and replace towels and pillowcases daily until healed. Continue to practice proper hygiene like washing hands and cleaning surfaces to prevent the spread of bacteria during infection.

Other pink eye symptoms include dry eyes and eye infections which can lead to corneal ulcers. If you find that you have developed pink eye, contact your doctor immediately to see if antibiotics or eye drops will help you.

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