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Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

These are the symptoms of pink eye: itching or soreness of your eyes, a redness of the eye from inflammation and of course a pink color to your eye.

Pink eye is caused by the inflammation of a membrane called the conjunctiva. This is a thin clear membrane over the white part of the eye. It also lines the eyelids.

There are four types of pink eye. They are:

Bacterial Conjunctivitis - this affects both eyes and causes a discharge which sometimes is greenish in color.

Allergic Conjunctivitis - this will affect both eyes and will cause a itchiness and redness in the eyes and sometimes in the nose.

Viral Conjunctivitis - this normally affects only one eye and will cause heavy watering of the eye with a light discharge

Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis - it will usually affect both eyes and will cause itching, heavy discharge, and red bumps underneath the eyelids. It could also make the wearing of contact lenses painful

Pink eye can be caused by bacteria's, a virus, an allergic reaction to things such as pollen, dust, smoke or chemical fumes. With giant papillary conjunctivitis a foreign body in the eye such as a contact lens can be it's cause.

The best way to prevent pink eye is avoidance. Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are contagious and can spread easily from person to person.

Frequent washing of your hands and avoiding the touching of your eyes will help prevent it from infecting you.

Don't share your cosmetics or eye drops with anybody else.

If you have an allergic conjunctivitis you should keep doors and windows closed when there is a heavy pollen day. Stay in well ventilated rooms.

The use of warm compresses may help your eyes feel better. Also, if you were contacts you should stop using them and wear a pair of glasses until the symptoms disappear.

For the proper diagnosis of pink eye see you eye doctor  as soon as you can. You will then receive the correct treatment for you type of pink eye.