Pink Eye Treatment Questions and Answers
Primary Care 360 is proud to provide pink eye treatment to patients from Hensley AR, Sherwood AR, White Hall AR, and the surrounding areas. For more information on pink eye treatment, call us or book an appointment at your nearest location.
Inflammation or infection in the eye can be a considerably annoying and uncomfortable thing to experience. If you are dealing with pink eye, our primary care doctors at Primary Care 360 would be happy to evaluate your symptoms and provide any necessary treatment to help you feel better.
What is Pink Eye?
Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is a condition that occurs when the conjunctiva, which is the transparent membrane that lines your eyelid and eyeballs, becomes inflamed or infected. There are three main types of pink eye, which are as follows:
- Allergic conjunctivitis: this type of pink eye occurs due to an allergic reaction to a substance or irritant. Symptoms associated with allergic conjunctivitis include redness in both eyes, burning and itching in both the eye and surrounding tissues, heightened sensitivity to bright sunlight, and watery discharge.
- Bacterial conjunctivitis: this type of pink eye occurs when bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pneumonia, infect the conjunctiva. Symptoms associated with bacterial conjunctivitis include green and sticky discharge, swelling and discomfort, crusting of the eyelids or eyelashes, as well as an itching, gritty, or burning sensation.
- Viral conjunctivitis: this type of pink eye is typically caused by an adenovirus, with symptoms that begin in one eye and spread to the other. Such symptoms can include swelling, discomfort, irritation, discharge that is more watery than thick, increased tear production, in addition to various cold and flu symptoms, such as a sore throat.
Do you need a prescription to treat pink eye?
If your case of pink eye is caused by a bacterial infection, you will likely require a prescription antibiotic to treat the infection. Antibiotic treatment typically lasts 10 to 14 days and must be taken to completion even after symptoms subside. With that being said, most pink eye cases are caused by adenoviruses, which are not effectively treated by antibiotics.
For viral conjunctivitis, your body should fight off the infection on its own. However, there may be some treatments and remedies you can apply to minimize discomfort. If the viral conjunctivitis is not showing signs of improvement, you may require a prescription for antiviral medication to treat the infection.
Allergic conjunctivitis is typically treated with eye drops to reduce itchiness and puffiness, many of which are over-the-counter (OTC) medications. While rare, your doctor may recommend prescription eye drops to help with allergic conjunctivitis.
Can I go to my primary care doctor to treat pink eye?
Yes! Your primary care doctor can provide excellent treatment for pink eye. Unless your pink eye symptoms are unbearable and you cannot make a same-day appointment with your primary care doctor, you cannot go wrong with making an appointment with them to receive pink eye treatment.
If your pink eye has progressed into a more serious condition or fails to improve after a significant amount of time, your primary care doctor may refer you to an ophthalmologist for more advanced treatment. However, most cases of pink eye are successfully treated by primary care physicians or urgent care clinics.
How do I contract pink eye?
Pink eye occurs when bacteria, fungi, or viruses enter and infect the conjunctiva in the eye and eyelids. Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are highly contagious. As a result, individuals often contract bacterial or viral cases of pink eye in the same way that they may contract the common cold, such as not washing their hands, for example. Pink eye can also occur when a foreign substance gets into the eyes, such as certain chemicals, fecal matter, or dust.
If you are dealing with pink eye and live in or near Hensley AR, Sherwood AR, and White Hall AR, we would be happy to help at Primary Care 360! For an appointment, please feel free to call us, schedule one through our website, or visit one of our clinics for a walk-in appointment.