Conjunctivitis: Inflammation of the membrane covering the surface of the eyeball. It can be a result of infection or irritation of the eye, or it can be related to systemic diseases, such as Reiter syndrome. Also known as pinkeye.
Signs & Symptoms:
Pink or red color in the white of the eye(s)
Swelling of the conjunctiva (the thin layer that lines the white part of the eye and the inside of the eyelid) and/or eyelids
Increased tear production
Feeling like a foreign body is in the eye(s) or an urge to rub the eye(s)
Itching, irritation, and/or burning
Discharge (pus or mucus)
Crusting of eyelids or lashes, especially in the morning
Contact lenses that do not stay in place on the eye and/or feel uncomfortable
Pus Drainage From Eye
Swollen Lymph Nodes
Conjunctivitis is a condition that occurs when the conjunctiva (a thin layer of cells covering the front of your eyes) becomes inflamed.
The three most common causes of this inflammation are:
infection (infective conjunctivitis)
an allergic reaction (allergic conjunctivitis)
something irritating the conjunctiva, such as a loose eyelash (irritant conjunctivitis)
How To Cure:
Use eyedrops. Over-the-counter eyedrops called artificial tears may relieve symptoms. Some eyedrops contain antihistamines or other medications that can be helpful for people with allergic conjunctivitis.
Avoid eyedrops for red eye (Visine, Clear Eyes) because they tend to work for a while then cause rebound redness.
Stop wearing contact lenses. If you wear contact lenses, stop wearing them until your eyes feel better. How long you’ll need to go without contact lenses depends on what’s causing your conjunctivitis.
Ask your doctor whether you should throw away your disposable contacts, cleaning solution or lens case. If your lenses aren’t disposable, clean them thoroughly before using them again.
Avoid whatever causes your symptoms. This tip may be helpful if you have allergic conjunctivitis.
Wash your clothes frequently. This tip may be helpful if you have allergic conjunctivitis.
Bathe or shower before bedtime. This tip may be helpful if you have allergic conjunctivitis.