Did you know that 6 million Americans experience pink eye every year? Crazy, right?
Our team at AFC Urgent Care West Islip wants you to know the signs to watch out for when it comes to pink eye, as well as steps you can take to prevent the disease from occurring.
What Is Pink Eye?
Although most cases of pink eye (also known as conjunctivitis) are due to a viral infection, it can also be a bacterial infection, especially when it occurs with a cold or respiratory infection.
Since pink eye is extremely contagious, it is important to recognize the signs of the eye disease as soon as possible in order to seek medical treatment.
Symptoms of Pink Eye
- Burning eyes
- Blurred vision
- Redness in the white of the eye or inner eyelid
- Swollen conjunctiva
- More tears than usual
- Green or white discharge from the eye
- Itchy eyes
- Thick yellow discharge that crusts over the eyelashes, especially after sleep
Can Pink Eye Be Prevented?
The key to preventing pink eye is to avoid the spread of the disease by not touching your eyes with your hands, as well as washing your hands on a regular basis.
In addition, you want to use a clean towel and/or washcloth daily and clean pillowcases often to wash away any germs that might be living on those items that you use on a regular basis.
Other Ways to Prevent Pink Eye
- Don’t share cosmetics or eye care items.
- Throw away mascara and eye cosmetics if you’re diagnosed.
- Don’t use towels, tissues or washcloths more than once to wipe the eyes.
Do you think that your child might have pink eye? Stop by AFC Urgent Care West Islip today for a medical evaluation. No appointment necessary!