It’s almost a sure sign that you suffer from pink eye when the outermost layer of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids become red and irritated with inflammation. Listed below are the most common forms of pink eye (Conjunctivitis.)
Bacterial pink eye infections are most often caused by Staphylococci (Staph Infection) and Streptococci (Strep). Typically, symptoms will occur in one eye and spread to the other eye in a matter of days. A bacterial infection is rare but will require antibiotics for treatment.
Viral is the most widespread type of pink eye and is caused by an infection of the upper respiratory tract, the common cold, and/or a sore throat. While viral pink eye may not require antibiotics it is important to see your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Dry air, smoke, chemicals and other allergens can also cause pinkeye.
Viral pink eye is extremely contagious. Here are some helpful tips from http://www.cdc.gov/conjunctivitis/about/prevention.html for preventing the spread of pink eye.
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