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Pink Eye

Do you think you might have Pink Eye? Doctors Urgent Care offers treatment on site in our Slidell, LA medical office clinic.

Pink eye is also called conjunctivitis and is redness and swelling of the conjunctiva, the mucus membrane that lines the eyelid and eye surface.  If irritation or infection occurs, the lining becomes red and swollen.  Pink eye  is contagious and can spread very easily, preventing its spread is very important.

Pinkeye is very common and may be caused by:

  • Infections caused by viruses or bacteria.

  • Dry eyes from lack of tears or exposure to wind and sun.

  • Chemicals, fumes, or smoke (chemical conjunctivitis).

  • Allergies.

Symptoms of viral pinkeye include:

  • Redness in the white of the eye.

  • Swelling of the eyelids.

  • Itching or burning feeling of the eyelids.

  • Swollen and tender areas in front of the ears.

  • A lot of tearing.

  • Clear or slightly thick, whitish drainage.

Viral pinkeye symptoms usually last 5 to 7 days but may last up to 3 weeks and can become ongoing or chronic.

How Can I Prevent Pink Eye?

Bacterial and viral pink eye are contagious. To prevent contracting pink eye or spreading it to other people, follow these preventive measures.

  • Wash hands thoroughly and often, especially if you touch your eye or the area around it.

  • Keep hands away from the infected eye. Infection can also enter the body through the nose and mouth.

  • Do not share washcloths, towels, pillowcases, or handkerchiefs with others, including family members.

  • Change the above items after each use and wash them thoroughly.

  • Do not use other people’s eye drops or cosmetics, particularly eyeliner pencils and mascara.

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