What is Conjunctivitis?
Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye, is an inflammation or infection of the transparent membrane that lines your eyelid and covers the white part of your eyeball. Pink eye is commonly caused by a bacterial infection, a viral infection, or an allergic reaction. Viral pink eye and bacterial pink eye are extremely contagious and spread easily, which makes prevention very important.
Acute conjunctivitis, if bacterial in origin, is typically treated with antibiotic eye drops. Infections caused by a virus are usually treated with antiviral eye drops. A thorough examination can determine if you need medication and what kind will work best for your infection. For at-home comfort, gently apply a cool or warm compress on the eye area. To avoid spreading the infection, wash your hands immediately with soap and water after touching your infected eye and avoid touching your nose, mouth and other eye if it is not affected. Also, do not let others handle your medication and dispose of your medication once treatment has been completed.