Pink Eye cases are rising. It is a type of infectious disease affecting your eye due to viruses or bacteria. You will feel a foreign body that is in your eye giving you an urge to rub the eyes. Pink or red color in the white of the eyes will be visible.
The most common causes of conjunctivitis are viruses, bacteria, or allergens. Others will be due to contact lens wear or foreign bodies in the eye like a loose eyelash. Indoor or outdoor air pollution is caused, for example, by smoke, dust, fumes, or chemical vapors. It will also come from fungi, ameba, and parasites. It will be difficult to determine the exact cause of conjunctivitis because some symptoms will be the same no matter the cause. To mention a few, viral conjunctivitis is the infection of the eye caused by a virus. It is very contagious and sometimes it will result in large outbreaks depending on the virus. Bacterial conjunctivitis is the infection caused by certain bacteria. This is more common in kids than adults. Allergic conjunctivitis is the result of the body’s reaction to allergens such as pollen from trees, plants, grasses, etc. This occurs seasonally when allergens such as pollen counts are high.
Vaccines will prevent some infections associated with conjunctivitis. It is important to seek medical care for conjunctivitis (pink eye). See a healthcare provider if you have pain in the eye, sensitivity to light or blurred vision, intense redness in the eye, symptoms that get worse or do not improve and if you have a weakened immune system, for example from HIV infection, cancer treatment or other medical conditions.
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