Pink eye, especially the highly contagious viral and bacterial pinkeye types must be treated or managed quickly. In this BeautyHows article, we are going to discuss the various pink eye cure and treatments as well as diagnosis, and treatment of various types of pinkeye conditions. To make everything clear, pinkeye is the same as conjunctivitis and the terms will be used synonymously.
Some of the questions we will deal with include the following:
- How is conjunctivitis diagnosed?
- What should you do after pink eye diagnosis?
- Which are some of the pink eye cures and treatments you can rely own?
- How do you cure conjunctivitis that results from bacterial, viral, chemical, allergy, Chlamydia, underlying diseases, and irritants?
- Should you use over the counter conjunctivitis medications (eye drops, ointments and pills)?
- When should you see a doctor to help in pink eye treatment or cure?
- When should you return to work or let your children go back to school after conjunctivitis infection?
These are not the only areas tackled on how to cure pink eye, there are many other areas, which will be very helpful in ensuring you have completely managed conjunctivitis.
Conjunctivitis or Pinkeye Symptoms
Pinkeye comes with a number of symptoms; some of these symptoms are general while others are specific. They should work as an indicator which type of pinkeye you are suffering from. See more on Pink Eye Symptoms –What are Causes, Sign, and Relief of Pinkeye. We are not going to dwell much on symptoms but look at diagnosis as well as pink eye cure and treatments. Furthermore, we have various natural and home remedies for pink eye cure or treatment. We have covered them separately see more on Pink Eye Remedies – Natural and Home Remedies for Pinkeye or Conjunctivitis.
Pink Eye Diagnosis – How is Pink Eye Diagnosed?
In diagnosis, conjunctivitis symptoms often help in correct diagnosis of this condition. When you visit a professional health care, you expect to be asked a number of questions about your medical past history things such as recent traumas, injuries, illnesses as well as your allergy history and whether you wear contact lenses or not. All these questions are to help identify the possible cause of conjunctivitis you have.
Secondly, the doctor will use the various symptoms to rule other conditions that are closely related infections such as keratitis, angle closure glaucoma, iritis, hyphema, hypopyon, foreign body in conjunctiva or cornea, Stye, Chalazion, dry eyes, watery eyes, corneal abrasion, sub-conjunctival hemorrhage, etc.
The final step of conjunctivitis diagnosis is conducting a physical examination and looking at some of the signs that will help narrow down the cause of pinkeye. Physical examination can be followed by laboratory tests. There are various tests used which include rapid used to test for the presence of adenovirus that causes viral pinkeye. During laboratory tests, expect a sample of your discharge to be sampled and tested. If you are suffering from pinkeye caused by fungal infection, chlamydia or allergies, conjunctival scrapes might be required for cytology.
What follows After Contagious Pink Eye Diagnosis
Once you have diagnosed with the contagious pinkeye, you need to ensure you do not go to work or school until the symptoms improve to avoid spreading the infection to other students or coworkers. However, if bacterial pink eye treatment has lasted for at least 24 hour, you can return to school. Ensure you keep high personal hygiene to prevent spread of conjunctivitis and get the right pink eye cures, treatment and medications where applicable. However, if you have a non-infectious type of conjunctivitis, you might go on with your life as usual if you can bear with the various symptom of conjunctivitis
Pink Eye Cure and Treatments
The approach that will be taken in pink eye cure and treatment will be dependent on the cause of pinkeye. You cannot use the same pink eye treatment used for bacterial on conjunctivitis. We will therefore isolate each of them and look at treatment for each cause of pinkeye.
Viral Pink Eye Cures and Treatment
Viral pinkeye has no cure and it is not treated with any medications. It disappears on its own after up to three weeks. However, if you are suffering from viral pinkeye, ensure it is early diagnosed as it can be managed more easily opposed to trying to cure or treat it at its advanced stages, especially when it is caused by the herpes simplex virus. In case you have the herpes simplex virus, you will be given antiviral medicines to in herpes viral pink eye cure. Furthermore, you should try various home remedies for pinkeye and artificial tears to help reduce the viral pinkeye symptoms. For more on viral conjunctivitis, read on Viral pink Eye – Symptoms, Treatments, Causes and Prevention.
Pink Eye Cure and Treatment from Allergies
To help treat or cure pink eye from allergies, you could either go for the over the counter antihistamines (such as Kirkland Signature Non Drowsy Allerclear Loratadine Tablets, Antihistamine) and medications that can help relief the allergies such as decongestion eye drops. You can also use any of the nonprescription eye drops for allergies. Other than the use of medications to help pink eye cure of allergy that cause this problem, you can reduce the symptoms using home remedies such as warm or cold compresses for at least 5 to 10 minutes, 4 times a day. Furthermore, the use of artificial tears has been found to help people suffering conjunctivitis caused by allergies.
Finally, on treatment and cure of pink eye from allergies, if your pinkeye symptoms are extreme, see a medical doctor. To should also ensure you avoid the various allergen that cause allergic reactions such as dust, pet dander, pollen, etc.
Pink Eye Cure and Treatment from Irritants and Chemicals
If the cause of pinkeye is chemical or irritants, you need to wash your eye with a lot of water and afterwards, you can visit your doctor for further pink eye treatment. This home remedy for pinkeye can help easy pinkeye symptoms as well as extent to which your eye will be affected. In addition, you can reduce the irritation caused by conjunctivitis using saline solution or Ringer’s lactate. Some chemical causes of conjunctivitis might require emergency medical treatment especially if you have acid or alkali burns that is severe since they can cause intraocular damage and scarring.
Bacterial Pink Eyes Cure and Treatments
To help in bacterial pink eye cure and treatment, antibiotics are often recommended. These antibiotics kill the various bacteria that might be causing your conjunctivitis. However, for effective bacterial pink eye cure and treatment, it is good to see a doctor for correct diagnosis and antibiotic prescription. Generally, to cure pink eye caused by bacteria, various types of antibiotic pills, eye drops, and ointments are often used. Oral pills are usually recommended for pink eye cure or treatment for people who have conjunctivitis caused by chlamydia and gonorrhea.
Generally, you will be expected to use antibiotic eye drops several times daily for about 5 days completely to kill the bacteria causing this type of pinkeye. However, for children, it will be much easier to administer ointments although they will cause a blurry vision for about 20 minutes after using them. Once you have begun medications, the symptoms will start disappearing after a few days. To learn more about bacterial pink eye cure, treatment and other details see Bacterial Pinkeye – Causes, Symptoms, Cure, Treatment and Prevention.
Chlamydia Pink Eye Cure and Treatment
If you are infected by conjunctivitis caused by chlamydia, you will need to use various medications, which include erythromycin such as Mycin, Ery-Tab, Eryc, Ilosone and or PCE, Pediazole, or tetracycline medications except for children whose age is less than 8 years. All these medications will help to cure chlamydia conjunctivitis.
Treating Pink Eye Caused by Underlying Diseases
If you are suffering from conjunctivitis caused by underlying diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Kawasaki disease or inflammatory bowel disease, to treat or cure such pinkeye, you have first to treat the underlying cause. Other ways of treatment will be short-lived or not work at all.
Over the Counter Medication
Another way to cure pink eye is going for the over the counter medication which is known to ease irritation caused by conjunctivitis. There are a number of over the counter medication that can be used in pink eye treatment other than relieving you from burning and itchy condition. However, when using over the counter medications, you need to use them for a few days and if they do not help, see an ophthalmologist for further assistance.
How Long Does Pink Eyes Last?
We have discussed various ways to treat or cure pinkeye. It is important to know how long conjunctivitis will last to avoid spreading it unaware. Different types of pinkeye infections or conditions will last for different durations of time. Viral and bacterial pinkeye can last for up to 21 days before it disappears completely. However, under normal circumstances, expect viral conjunctivitis to start getting better after 3-5 days. Bacterial conjunctivitis might take a little longer than viral but with correct diagnosis and cure; expect to be able to go on with your day-to-day activities after 24 hours since you began medications.
Allergic conjunctivitis can be cured after 1-2 weeks from the time you begin using various treatments such as decongestants and antihistamines to help in reducing the symptoms such as swelling, irritation and eye redness. You will also be required to avoid the various allergens that cause allergy such as pet dander, dust, smoke, pollen, etc.
When to See a Doctor
In most cases, conjunctivitis is a self-healing condition that might not require any medications whether they are antibiotic eye drops, pills, ointments or antiviral medications. However, at times, conjunctivitis might require urgent pink eye cure or treatment. In case you have any of the following, it is advisable to see a doctor.
- When you have seen the symptoms of bacterial pinkeye and they have not subsided within 12 to 24 hours, it is good to see a doctor due to the contagious pinkeye nature.
- If you have blurred vision and pain, you should also see a doctor immediately.
- If you wear contact lenses, the moment you see any of the conjunctivitis symptoms, you need to stop wearing them and see a doctor or begin using eyeglasses
- If you have STDs, in addition to pinkeye especially gonorrhea, chlamydia, and the other adenovirus strains
- If your immunity system is already weakened from other infections such as HIV or the various cancer treatments that weaken immunity
- When symptoms of pinkeye do not improve at all
When to Return To Work or School after Pink Eye Treatment
After you have received the correct treatments and pink eye cures, you can begin going to school after the pinkeye symptoms have began to subside. Typically, people suffering from viral pinkeye can begin going back to work or school after 3 to 5 days if the symptoms have began improving since viral pink eye cure does not require medications. If you are suffering from bacterial conjunctivitis, you need to ensure you first begin the bacterial pink eye treatment and after 24 hours or when symptoms begin to reduce, you can go back to school or work.
We have looked at diagnosis, pink eye cure or treatment as well as instances when you should see a doctor. You also know when you should return to work or see a doctor after a conjunctivitis attack.
More on Pink Eye/Conjunctivitis
- Bacterial Pink Eye – Causes, Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention of Bacterial Conjunctivitis
- Remedies for Pink Eye – Natural and Home Conjunctivitis or Pinkeye Remedies
- Pink Eye Symptoms –What is, Types, Causes, Sign, Relief and Pinkeye Newborns, Children and Adults
- Viral Pink Eye – Causes, Symptoms, Cures, Treatments, Prevention Diagnosis of Viral Conjunctivitis
- Contagious Pink Eye – Is Pink Eye Contagious? How Long, Prevention of Infectious Conjunctivitis
- Eye Drops for Pink Eye – Use, Side Effects, Antibiotic, Over the Counter and Ointments for Conjunctivitis
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