Pink Eye

Thursday, April 22, 2010

You rub and rub your eyes, but they won't stop itching. When you look in the mirror, they are red and puffy. What's going on? You most likely have a common problem called conjunctivitis, better known as pink eye. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Pink eye is an inflammation of the tissue that covers the eyeball and the inside of your eyelid.

Pink eye is also called conjunctivitis. It is usually caused by a mild infection that isn't serious. Most pink eye is caused by a virus, but it can also be caused by other germs or allergens.

The following symptoms are common with pink eye:

h Redness and burning of the eyes

h Watery or yellowish discharge that can cause your eyelids to stick together, especially when you wake up

h Blurred vision or sensitivity to light

You should see a doctor if your symptoms last for more than three days. Pink eye caused by a virus goes away in about a week without treatment. Pink eye caused by bacteria also goes away without treatment, but your doctor may prescribe antibiotic eye drops or gel if your symptoms are severe.

Pink eye caused by germs may be very contagious. It is important that you wash your hands well and dont share personal items.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.