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pink eye

What is pink eye?

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the thin, clear membrane (conjunctiva) that covers the eye.

Who can get pink eye?


Pink eye caused by bacteria is often found in pre-school children. Pink eye caused by a virus is often found in school-age children. Children with ear infections may also have pink eye. Thus, parent should know the signs of pink eye in kids to detect this disease early.

Treatment

Conjunctivitis will require medical notice. The right cure relies on the cause of the issue. For the allergic form, cool compresses and artificial tears sometimes relieve discomfort in mild cases. In more severe cases, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and antihistamines may be approved. Some people with persistent allergic conjunctivitis may also need topical steroid drops. Bacterial conjunctivitis is usually helped by antibiotic eye drops or ointments that cover a broad range of bacteria. Like the common cold, there is no cure for viral conjunctivitis; however, the symptoms can be relieved with cool compresses and artificial tears (found in most pharmacies). For the worst cases, topical steroid drops may be prescribed to reduce the discomfort from inflammation. Viral conjunctivitis usually resolves within 3 weeks.

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