Pollyanna (alicenwndrln) wrote,

All the pinkeye info you've ever wanted to know. My problem is that I have symptoms of BOTH viral AND bacterial pinkeye.

Pinkeye (conjunctivitis)

Pinkeye (conjunctivitis) is redness and swelling of the mucous membrane (conjunctiva) that lines the eyelid and eye surface. The most common type of pinkeye is caused by a virus and occurs most often in adults. In children with upper respiratory infections caused by a virus, pinkeye is more likely to be a secondary bacterial infection. Pinkeye symptoms usually start in one eye and may then spread to the other eye.

Viral Pinkeye

Some causes of viral pinkeye include adenovirus which can also cause a sore throat or herpes virus.

Symptoms of viral pinkeye include:

Redness of 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.
Increased 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.

Bacterial Pinkeye

Some of the common bacteria causing pinkeye include:

Haemophilus influenzae.
Symptoms of bacterial pinkeye include:

Redness of the white of the eye.
Gray or yellow drainage from the eye. This drainage may cause the eyelashes to stick together.
Mild pain.
Swelling of the upper eyelid, which may make the lid appear to droop (pseudoptosis).
Bacterial pinkeye may produce more drainage than viral pinkeye. Bacterial infections usually last 7 to 10 days without treatment and 2 to 4 days with treatment.

Home treatment for pinkeye helps reduce pain, keeps the eye free of drainage, and helps prevent the spread of infection. Home treatment includes:

Washing the hands frequently and thoroughly.
Using warm compresses to help relieve swelling and redness.
Changing and washing linens when they become soiled with drainage.
Not wearing contacts.
Have basically every "viral" symptom, so it seems more like that. Also, that stands to reason, since I have a viral infection in my body. But the drainage causing the eyelashes to stick together from the bacterial infection...I have that in the morning.

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