What Happens When You Get Pink Eye?


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Neil Grayson Profile
Neil Grayson answered
Pink Eye is the colloquial name for Conjunctivitis, an infection to the eye in both humans and live stock which leads to inflammation of the outer layer of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids. Inflammation causes small blood vessels in the conjunctiva to become more prominent, which is what causes the pink or red cast to the whites of your eyes. While it is usually an infection, it can be caused by an allergic reaction.
The common symptoms include a watery discharge from the eye and itching and irritation which can lead to a reddish pink colour to the eye. Although the infection is extremely irritating, it rarely affects your vision. People who have conjunctivitis are encouraged not to touch or itch the infected eye as it is extremely contagious and can be easily transferred to the other eye or to other people. It is easily spread when the infection is on the hands and through contaminated objects or even water. People with the infection are also advised not to share towels, washcloths or pillows as it is often spread through these.
Conjunctivitis resolves itself in 65 per cent of cases without treatment, within two to five days. The prescribing of antibiotics to most cases is not necessary. Antibiotics, eye drops, or ointment are thus only needed if no improvement is observed after three days. In patients receiving no antibiotics, recovery was in 4.8 days, with immediate antibiotics it was 3.3 days, and with delayed antibiotics 3.9 days. No serious effects were noted either with or without treatment. Symptomatic relief may be achieved with cold compresses and artificial tears. Early treatment is advised to avoid the spread of conjunctivitis.
Jacquelyn Mathis Profile
Your eye swells, and hurts, gets real pink, and seeps. You can use something called boric acid to clear it up with, it isn't real acid, that is just what it is called, and it really works. Follow the directions on it and you will be good to go. If you need to find it, ask a pharmacist to help you with finding it. Hope this helps, good luck to you.
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Cara ----- answered
That is incorrect. I have the perfect answer to give you because 3 people in my class have pink eye. Do you know what a cold sore or fever blister is? When you get pink eye it's like a cold sore, it keeps coming back forever. It turns red and sacks so you can only see out of 1 eye. DO NOT TOUCH your HAND TO your EYE!!! After the pink eye comes a little cold that includes sore throat, and runny nose. Also, it includes EXTREME headache.

P.s. 1 of the people in my class that has it is my best friend monica.

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