What causes Pink Eye – Conjunctivitis: Pink Eye is is usually caused by either bacteria or viruses. Numerous types of bacteria can cause Pink Eye (conjunctivitis) but the most common are Streptococcus pneumoniae, and Staphylococcus aureus. Viral conjunctivitis is common with several viral infections, most often with infections caused by adenoviruses or enteroviruses, and can occur during a cold or the flu. Parasites and fungal infections have been known to cause conjunctivitis, but this is in rare cases.
Allergic conjunctivitis occurs more frequently among children with allergies such as hay fever. Allergic conjunctivitis often occurs in both eyes at the same time. Irritant conjunctivitis can be caused by such chemicals as chlorine or air pollutants such as smoke and fumes. A blocked tear duct can cause Conjunctivitis to occur in babies younger than 4 weeks old , which can be treated by gentle massage between the eye and nasal area.
Symptoms Of Pink Eye – Conjunctivitis: Increased Watering of the eye(s) or discharge, Swollen eyelids, Eye Pain, Redness and itching in the eyes, Gritty or sand feeling in the eyes, sometimes there is also a sensitivity to light.
Treatment For Pink Eye – Conjunctivitis: Doctors don’t usually prescribe medication for Pink Eye, because it usually goes away on it’s own within a few days. You must take some precauctions though with family members since Pink Eye can very easily spread to others. Wash your hands often and and don’t touch or rub your eyes. Don’t share washcloths, towels or other linens with others, and wash items after each use. Don’t share cosmetics, eyedrops or other products that you apply on, in or near the eyes, and replace them with new items after you’re healed, to avoid re-infection.