Conjunctivitis, or “pink eye”, can strike anyone at any time, regardless of his or her age or gender. Pink eye is extremely contagious, not to mention uncomfortable, and it comes with itchiness, tenderness, and pain. Fortunately, diagnosing and eliminating this condition is easy once you visit the doctor’s office because a doctor can give you an antibiotic and creams to keep your eyes more comfortable while they’re healing, giving you some hope that the condition will go away very soon. Pink eye is usually caused by either bacteria or a virus and occurs most often in the spring and summer months. Although it isn’t fatal or serious, pink eye can wreak havoc on your life in a way that few other medical conditions can, which is why getting to the doctor as soon as possible is always recommended.

Knowing for Sure You Have Conjunctivitis

If you have redness of the white part of your eye, watery eyes, blurry vision, sensitivity to light, and any type of discharge, you may well have conjunctivitis. It is easy for a physician to diagnose the condition and more often than not, the condition can be treated with antibiotic eye drops or an ointment. It is always recommended that you use the medication for as long as the doctor prescribed and that you use it properly because this is the best cure for pink eye and always seems to work. If you have to be around people, make sure that you don’t touch your eye and then touch someone else or he or she may get pink eye too. Washing your hands frequently also helps it to not spread any further as does washing your sheets and pillow cases in extra-hot water.

Making Sure it Doesn’t Spread or Come Back

There are also some steps that you can take to prevent the spread of the ailment, including making sure that your hands are as clean as possible at all times. This is important in keeping the disease away from other people and also to ensure that you don’t get it yourself again. In addition, you can do things to make your eyes feel better while the medication is working, including applying wet washcloths, not wearing contacts until the condition clears up, and gently scrubbing away any crusty material on a regular basis. Keeping comfortable while the medication is working can be tricky but if you keep your sheets and clothing extra clean, try not to touch anyone after touching your eyes, and faithfully take your medication until the condition clears up, you can soon be on the way to having healthy eyes once again. The amount of time that it takes to get better varies with each individual, based on how severe it is and how long you’ve been suffering with it, but it is an easy process that should never cause you any apprehension or undue pain.

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