Eye Infection Symptoms

Before we can talk about pink eye remedies, it is probably best we talk about what it is.  Pink Eye or Conjunctivitis is an irritation of the conjunctiva which is the membrane that covers the whites of the eyes.  There are basically two types of pink eye – infectious and non-infectious.

The most common type of eye infection is pink eye. Pink eye is also called conjunctivitis and is the inflammation of the conjunctiva (outermost layer of the eye and inner surface of eyelids) commonly because of allergies, or an infection.

Symptoms

Common symptoms of conjunctivitis include redness, irritation, and watering. The pink eye is identified by irritation and redness of the eye.

Allergic Conjunctivitis is typically itchy, involving lid swelling, redness and irritation due to allergic reactions.

Viral conjunctivitis is often associated with and infection of the upper respiratory tract, a common cold and a sore throat. Symptoms and signs include watery and itchy eyes that usually begins with one eye, sometimes spreading to the other.

Bacterial conjunctivitis due to common pus producing bacteria causes irritation, with a stringy, grey or yellowish gunk type of eye crust. This may cause eyelids to stick together after sleeping. Feelings of grittiness and scratchy feelings inside the eye cause irritability and discomfort when eyes are open and moving.

Inclusion conjunctivitis of the newborn may be caused by the bacteria Chlamydia, and may lead to acute, purulent conjunctivitis.

Causes

Conjunctivitis is most commonly caused by viral infections and bacterial infections. Both viral and bacterial infections are contagious, and the do not usually require treatment, and preventing the spread of it is very important. Bacterial one can be treated with topical antibiotics. Another cause can be allergic reactions, eye irritants, and dry eyes will all give the same symptoms.