Pink eye is a common problem among children, but it can strike in adulthood as well. When the itching, swelling, and tears begin, patients in the Tyler, Texas, area rely on Dr. Jacob West at West Vision for quick and effective relief. Tyler, Noonday, New Hope, Antioch, and Walnut Grove area patients, including those in Athens, Canton, Lindale, Palestine, Flint, Bullard, Winnsboro, Brownsboro, Chandler, Arp, Mineola, Quitman, Van, and Ben Wheeler, can book an appointment online anytime or call the office to schedule a visit now.
Pink eye, medically known as conjunctivitis, is a type of serious eye inflammation. Pink eye can be bacterial, viral, or allergic, with the viral version being the most common of these.
As its name implies, your eyes may grow pink or even red from irritation. Other common pink eye symptoms include:
It's quite common to have several symptoms at one time when you're dealing with pink eye.
Children tend to get viral pink eye more often than adults, but it can affect anyone. Viral and bacterial pink eye conditions are extremely contagious. If you're in close contact with someone who has it, you're likely to get it and spread it to others, too.
If you suffer from an infection such as strep throat or staph, you're at risk for a bacterial pink eye.
If you have serious allergies, you may also develop an allergic pink eye. It can occur with exposure to any type of environmental allergen and often happens in response to a high pollen count. An allergic pink eye isn't contagious, but it has the same symptoms as the other forms of pink eye.
Pink eye treatment depends on what your symptoms are and which type of pink eye you have.
Viral pink eye treatment includes symptom relief such as cool compresses, prescription eye drops, and gentle daily eyelid cleansing. In some cases, antiviral medication may be helpful.
Bacterial pink eye treatment typically includes antibiotics in eye drop or ointment form. In some cases, the doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics as well.
Allergic pink eye treatment starts with allergy relief. While the pink eye symptoms may abate with compresses and prescription eye drops, you'll usually have pink eye again soon unless you treat the underlying allergy. Allergy treatments can include oral medication, allergy shots, and lifestyle changes.
For all types of pink eye, Dr. West typically advises patients to avoid wearing contact lenses until the pink eye is gone.
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