Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva. On the inside of the eyelid, the conjunctiva is a thin, transparent tissue covering the white part of the eye.
Treatment Options For Conjunctivitis
Depending on the cause, there are different treatments.
Common cold viruses often cause this type of pinkeye. A pinkeye infection typically lasts four to seven days, just like a cold. A prescription antiviral eyedrop, cream, or pill may be needed to treat pink eye caused by the herpes virus.
You will be given antibiotics if bacteria, including STD-related bacteria, caused your pinkeye. For 5 to 7 days, you will need to apply eye drops or ointments to the inside of your eyelids three to four times a day. An oral antibiotic might be prescribed for stubborn infections or rare cases of pinkeye caused by gonorrhea or chlamydia.
Wash the eye with water for 5 minutes if an irritating substance causes pinkeye. Within four hours, you should notice an improvement in your eyes. Contact your doctor as soon as possible if your conjunctivitis was caused by acid or alkaline materials such as bleach.
Once your allergy is treated, and your allergy trigger is avoided, conjunctivitis caused by allergies should improve. A temporary solution is to take antihistamines (oral or drops). (Note that antihistamines taken by mouth may make your eyes even drier if you already have dry eyes.) See your doctor if you suspect allergies are causing pink eye.
How Is Conjunctivitis Diagnosed?
A cotton swab may take some fluid from your eyelid to test in a lab after your eye doctor asks about your symptoms and gives you an eye exam. Those tests can detect bacteria and viruses that cause conjunctivitis, including those that cause sexually transmitted diseases. You can then get the right treatment prescribed by your doctor.