Spring is finally and temperatures are sure to get warmer soon enough, much to the relief of those who have had to deal with the frigid temperatures of the past winter season.
While many people are preparing themselves for the inevitable allergies the spring season brings, people should also take precautions to prevent pink eye. A report from The Wall Street Journal provides more information:
“Spring blooms mixed with lingering winter germs create the perfect scene for pinkeye. Itchy, swollen, runny eyes are technically known as conjunctivitis, which can actually take three forms: viral, bacterial and allergic. The allergic variety, which isn’t contagious, often surfaces when flowers start to re-emerge. The other forms are highly contagious. Richard Abbott, clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of California, San Francisco, and past president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, says this season so far hasn’t been markedly worse than others, but it isn’t over yet.”
Pink eye, aka conjunctivitis, is the inflammation of the transparent membrane that protects the white portion of your eye. This inflammation causes the white of the eyes to take on a pinkish or reddish hue, giving the condition its name. Other symptoms of pink eye include itchy eyes and a clear or colored eye discharge that causes the eyes to crust over.
Treatment for pink eye typically depends on its cause, so it is important that you or a loved one see a Northgate, Seattle urgent care doctor to determine the cause. Viral and allergic pink eye is often treated with ample rest at home. If the pink eye is caused by a bacterial infection, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics.
If you are struggling with the symptoms of pink eye, you can try placing a face towel dipped in cold water over your eyes. In the case of bacterial pink eye, a warm towel is the better option. However, patients are advised to use a fresh towel every time they do this, to reduce the risk of reinfection, especially if they are suffering from viral pink eye.
Pink eye is a rather mild condition that will go away on its own, or, in the case of bacterial pink eye, after the use of antibiotics. If symptoms do not disappear after a few days, or if you begin to experience eye pain or light sensitivity, return to a reputable urgent care in the Seattle Northgate area, or any U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group for an accurate diagnosis. These are not normal pink eye symptoms and another visit to the doctor can help determine if you have a different eye condition.
(Source: So You Think You Have Pinkeye; Wall Street Journal; March 17, 2014)