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The Basics Of Pink Eye

Have you woken up with red, sore, or itchy eyes? You may be experiencing conjunctivitis, or more commonly known as pink eye. While this eye condition is most often seen in children, pink eye can happen to anyone, and for a variety of reasons.

You may know the term, but what exactly is pink eye, and what are some tips to avoid it?

Read on to find out.

What Is Pink Eye?

Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, occurs when the thin white inside part of your eye becomes infected and inflamed. The inflammation of the conjunctiva causes the blood vessels of the eye to become more visible, resulting in a pink appearance.

What Causes Pink Eye?

Pink eye is most commonly caused by bacterial or viral infections but can also be caused by allergies, air pollution, or chemical irritants.

Symptoms Of Pink Eye

Different causes of pink will result in different symptoms being presented. But some of the most common symptoms of pink include:

· Pink or red color of the white part of the eye

· Excessive eye watering

· Thick discharge around the eye

· Eye pain or itchiness

· Swollen eyelids

· Sensitivity to light

Types Of Pink Eye

The primary types of pink include:

Viral Conjunctivitis

This type of pink eye is caused by a virus, similar to the common cold. It is usually fairly mild and will clear up on its own, however, it is still extremely contagious.

Bacterial Conjunctivitis

The type of pink is caused by bacteria and can be much more dangerous and damaging to the eye if left untreated. This type of conjunctivitis is also very contagious.

Allergic Conjunctivitis

This type of pink eye is caused by any eye irritant such as pollen, dander or dust. Allergic conjunctivitis usually occurs in both eyes instead of just one and is not contagious like viral or bacterial conjunctivitis.

Chemical Conjunctivitis

This type of pink eye is caused by exposure to harsh chemicals and pollution. The most common chemical irritant is chlorine found in swimming pools. This conjunctivitis is also not contagious.

Preventing Pink Eye

Want some helpful tips for preventing pink eye? Here are a few basic rules to follow to reduce your chances of contracting conjunctivitis.