How You Get Pink Eye and How to Get Rid of It

Pink eye in left eye

Like the common cold, pink eye is spread through contact. Pink eye is more common in the wintertime because people stay indoors more often and in closer quarters with others. Typically, the infection can last from 10 days to two weeks.

How Do You Get Pink Eye?

Like the common cold, pink eye is spread through contact. Pink eye is more common in the wintertime because people stay indoors more often and in closer quarters with others. Typically, the infection can last from 10 days to two weeks.

Pink eye symptoms may include:

  • Red eyes
  • Eye discharge
  • Watery eyes
  • Eye pain
  • Light sensitivity
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensation of a foreign body

How Do You Get Rid of Pink Eye?

Only your ophthalmologist can diagnose pink eye and prescribe the correct treatment. In mild cases, pink eye can be treated by cold compresses and artificial tears. If the case is more advanced, your ophthalmologist may prescribe an anti-inflammatory or steroid eye drop.

Steps to Prevent Pink Eye

You cannot always prevent pink eye, but you can follow these steps to reduce your chances of contracting it:

  1. Use a humidifier in your home and workplace.
  2. Ventilate regularly.
  3. Wash your hands often, especially before touching your face or eyes.
  4. Use antibacterial sprays and cleansers throughout the day.
  5. Keep bedding and towels clean.

If you think that you may have pink eye or an eye infection, don’t delay in contacting your ophthalmologist.

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