Viral Pink Eye

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Viral pink eye is also known as viral conjunctivitis. It is an infection of the conjunctiva caused by viruses. Viral pink eye is generally associated with an infection involving the upper respiratory tract, a sore throat or just a common cold. Viral pink eye also shows a pinkish discoloration of the conjunctiva that can easily be mistaken as a ciliary infection the iris.

Viral pink eye is also characterized to have a watery discharge and an erratic itch. It also begins with only one eye involved but can easily affect the other eye. The discharge seen in viral pink eye causes the eye lashes to stick together upon waking up.  Incubation period varies from person to person but most of the time occurs in 2 to 3 days. It is the time where symptoms begin to appear and the period when the infection can easily be transmitted. The symptoms of viral pink eye usually disappears in 8 to 10 days.

Viral pink eye is self limiting and does not usually need any medication. In some instances when the infection worsens, it is advisable to seek immediate treatment in order to prevent any further complications. Ointments are often used to relieve the discomfort felt in the eyes. Sometimes you just have to wait until the disease process is over or you can use some home remedies such as:

  • Take a lot of rest and avoid contact or sharing your personal things with other people to prevent its transmission
  • Cold compress also helps relieve the discomfort on the affected areas.
  • Viral pink eye is also associated with flu like symptoms or fever. Taking paracetamol or other non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs or NSAID might help.
  • It is also best to avoid rubbing or touching the eye to prevent the infection from spreading to the other eye if only one eye is affected.