Types of Pink Eye

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Pink eye is a common condition especially for school-age children. It is also known as conjunctivitis or the infection of the conjunctiva, the outer covering of the eyes. Another name for it is madras eye.

For parents, it is very essential to know the types of pink eye in order for you to get the proper treatment for it.

There are three general types of pink eye according to their causes.  However, it’s not really easy to determine which type your child might have. Most likely, you will need to go to a clinic for a consultation by your kid’s pediatrician.

This article discusses these types to give you some helpful information about pink eye.

The first type is the viral conjunctivitis. Most of the time, this type does not need any medical intervention. A viral infection passes when the virus disappears. The presenting symptoms of this type include watery or teary eyes and itchiness. It usually affects one or both eyes. But you always have to remember that even your child has a viral infection like cold or influenza, it doesn’t automatically mean that your child has a viral conjunctivitis. Let the doctor do his work in diagnosing the condition. The doctor will recommend eye drops to soothe the itchiness.

The second type now is called the bacterial conjunctivitis. By its name, obviously, the causative agent of this type is bacteria. Typically, the infection starts only with one eye and eventually spreads to the other eye. The color of the discharge coming out from the eye is actually the basis of the doctor on how to identify the type of pink eye your child has. So therefore, it is important that you inform the doctor of the discharge color of your child’s eye. Greenish to yellowish is the usual discharge color of bacterial conjunctivitis. This type can be treated with antibiotic drops.

Lastly, the third type is the allergic conjunctivitis, which is more common in both children and adults who have allergies.  The discharge in this infection is not colored and the affected eye is just watery. However, take time to see a doctor in order for your child to be diagnosed accordingly. This is not contagious, though. It is treated with allergic drops and other anti-allergy medications.

Knowing these types will help the doctor widen his assessment about your child’s condition. As what this article has repeatedly stated, never assume what type of pink eye your child has. Always ask for the physician’s opinion. And also, make sure to follow the doctor’s prescription to avoid complications of the pink eye. Be aware on how to prevent spreading pink eye because even you can acquire it when you don’t practice proper methods in taking care of the infected eye and don’t practice proper hygiene.

Remember that out of the three mentioned types, only two are considered contagious: the viral and bacterial conjunctivitis. So make sure to practice necessary precautions after knowing what type of pink eye your child has acquired.

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