Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

As cold and flu season steadily ramps up, we expect to see an increase in “pink eye” visits. Pink eye is a loose term that describes irritation, redness, and inflammation of the conjunctiva-what we call conjunctivitis. There are several varieties of conjunctivitis. For colder months, bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are common.

Bacterial conjunctivitis tends to occur in younger children while viral conjunctivitis can occur in nearly any patient. Bacterial conjunctivitis typically has yellow-white discharge where viral conjunctivitis makes patients tear up excessively. Viral conjunctivitis can cause swelling in our lymph nodes near our ears, under the arm, or beneath the chin. When patients cough or sneeze, then incidentally touch their eye, they can spread their cold or flu to their eyes. It’s very easily to unknowingly give yourself “pink eye” if you already have the cold or flu.

Typical hand-washing recommendations and minimizing contact with others help to minimize spreading pink eye to others. If you have symptoms of conjunctivitis, we can help!

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