How can you tell what type of pink eye you have?
The way your eyes feel will provide some clues:
- Viral Pink Eye usually causes excessive eye watering and a light discharge. The most common cause is the same virus as the common cold, and it is very contagious
- Bacterial Pink Eye often causes a red eye and thick, sticky discharge, sometimes greenish. It is highly contagious and caused by bacterial infections
- Allergic Pink Eye affects both eyes and causes itching and redness in the eyes and sometimes the nose, as well as excessive tearing. It is a reaction to an irritant and is not contagious.
- Giant Papillary Pink Eye (GPC) usually affects both eyes and causes contact lens intolerance, itching, a heavy discharge, tearing and red bumps on the underside of the eyelids.
It can often be difficult to tell the type of Pink Eye you have by symptoms alone. Your eye doctor will usually prescribe antibiotics for the more severe form of pink eye or allergy medications. For these reasons, anytime you develop red, irritated eyes, you should call your eye doctor immediately and schedule an eye exam.
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Despite these precautions, you or your child still may develop pink eye. If the problem is contagious pink eye, be mindful of others and do your part to keep the infection from spreading.
If your child is affected, tell his or her teacher about the infection so extra steps can be taken to sanitize the classroom or day care center. Also, keep your child home until the contagious stage has passed.
Your eye doctor can let you know when you or your child can again mingle with others without risk of spreading contagious pink eye — it’s usually about three to five days after the diagnosis. Pink Eye Relief® is formulated to lessen that burden.