Pink eye is an inflammation of the transparent membrane of the eye called conjunctiva. This inflammation occurs when blood vessels become swollen and irritated. The area of the eye in the membrane between the eyeball and the eyelid becomes irritated, and the white part of the eye changes to red or pink. Pink eye is annoying and can be contagious.
Pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, spreads through direct contact with infected eye secretions or respiratory droplets. It can also be transmitted by touching contaminated surfaces or objects. Good hygiene and avoiding close contact with infected individuals help prevent its spread.
The contagion or appearance of pink eye can be prevented with good hygiene measures such as:
The most common signs and symptoms of pink eye are:
Treatment focuses on relieving symptoms by following the health care provider's recommendations such as applying cold compresses during the day and cleaning with a wet handkerchief.
Pink eye treatment includes:
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