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)
- 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.