Self Care Center


Health Center
LoGrasso Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3131 or
(716) 673-3132
(716) 673-4722 (fax)

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva.  The conjunctiva is a membrane that covers the eye, and line the inner surface of the eyelid.  Common causes include viral, bacterial, allergic or chemical irritation.

Signs and Symptoms

            - Redness of  the eye(s)

            - Burning or itching of the eye(s)

            - Exudate (pus) or a crusting of the eyelid(s)

            - Tearing

Treatment          

- Most symptoms are viral in nature, and resolve in 4 - 7 days on their own without treatment.

- If an antibiotic is prescribed, you should see some improvement in 2 days. You must complete the entire course of antibiotics in order to treat the infection adequately. DO NOT share antibiotics with other people or save them for later.

- A warm compress to the eye(s) for ten minutes four times daily can aid in the treatment of the infection.

- Yes, you may go to class while undergoing treatment for a conjunctivitis.

- Wash your hands often with soap and water, and every time that you touch your eyes.

- Use a clean wash cloth, towel and pillow case daily while being treated.

- Refrain from use of contact lens during treatment or with symptoms present. Lens used immediately prior to, or during the onset of symptoms should be discarded.

- Refrain from use of eye make up during treatment or with symptoms presents. Eye make up used immediately prior to, or during the onset of symptoms should be discarded.

 

           


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