I am pretty sure you know what pink eye is, but in case you don’t, here’s a little something for you. Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis is a very common eye disease that causes your eyes to be irritated and red. It’s not dangerous in any way, although it can be really annoying as it itches like crazy.
You know when your eye itches and you just can’t stop robbing it? Imagine having that all the time. It stinks.
So, what does it look like?
Pink eye is really easy to spot. What usually happens is your eye will turn very red at first and start itching. That’s because the bacteria or viruses that cause it are stored inside the conjunctiva. Of course you really should not rob it as it won’t do any good and can cause additional inflammation which can be quite severe to your eye.
One thing to remember is that pink eye does not cause any swelling usually, so you won’t see any changes in the size of your eye. It will also not cause your eyelids to get red. Just the eyeball itself.
How do you prevent pink eye?
As I mentioned before, pink eye is by no means dangerous to you, but it’s really annoying, so it’s good to prevent it. Fortunately enough, preventing pink eye is a really easy thing to do, all you have to do is go back in time and think for a sec…
You remember when your mom used to tell you that you shouldn’t share your towel with anyone? Or that you shouldn’t rob your eyes with dirty hands? Or when she asked you to wash your hands all the time?
Well, all those things will prevent pink eye from happening. It’s an ailment that’s caused by viruses and bacteria, so as long as you can make sure that no unwanted bacteria gets close to your eyes, you should be fine.
Sometimes, if you pink eye is caused by an allergy, you will have to go to a drug store and get some over the counter medication that you’ll be able to apply to your infected eye. That medication can come in the form of drops or paste that you’ll have to put on and wear for a few days.
Pink eye is really easy to treat. It’s also not dangerous to your overall health, but be sure to take care of it if you think you have it, because it’s much better in general to not have to deal with constant itchiness and bacteria in your eye. Trust me on this. I had pink eye in the past and it stings and itches like mad! On top of that it looks a bit scarry as your eye actually turns red.
You never know what harmless bacteria can turn into with time, so make the effort to get rid of it. It will pay off in the future.