Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
Basics about the causes, signs & symptoms, diagnosis, prevention, treatment...
Information for healthcare professionals on the causes of viral, bacterial, and allergic conjunctivitis...
Types of conjunctivitis in newborns, causes, signs & symptoms, diagnosis, treatment...
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Conjunctivitis caused by allergens is not contagious; however, viral and bacterial conjunctivitis can be easily spread from person to person. There are some simple steps you can take to help limit the spread of viral and bacterial conjunctivitis:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes.
- Wash any discharge from around the eyes several times a day.
- Wash hands after applying eye drops or ointment.
- Wash pillowcases, sheets, washcloths, and towels in hot water and detergent; hands should be washed after handling such items.
Conjunctivitis in Newborns
The cause of neonatal conjunctivitis is difficult to determine because the signs and symptoms are similar for many of the causes.
Conjunctivitis in a newborn may be caused by a blocked tear duct, irritation produced by the antibiotic eye drops given at birth, or infection.
Classic symptoms can include:
- Pink or red color in the white of the eye(s)
- Discharge from the eye(s)
- Itchy or scratchy eyes
- Crusting of eyelids or lashes sometimes occurs
Pink Eye: Usually Mild and Easy to Treat
Pink, itchy eyes? Conjunctivitis – or pink eye – is common in adults and children. It spreads quickly and sometimes needs medical treatment, depending on the cause. Know the symptoms, get treatment if needed, and prevent its spread.
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Pink Eye: What To Do
Discusses causes and treatment, suggestions on when to call or visit a doctor, and practical tips to prevent pink eye from spreading.