Frequently Asked Questions About Pink Eye

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  • If you have mild pink eye, it’s possible for the infection to go away on its own if no other health complications occur
  • If you have recurring pink eye, you need to take stock of your environment and figure out what the triggers are

Q: How does pink eye start?

A: The early signs of pink eye often start with a simple itch. There are other things you need to watch out for as well:1

Redness in the white of the eye or inner eyelid

Increased tear production

Increasing itchiness in the eye

Burning feeling in the eye

Blurred vision

Sensitivity to light

Pus-like discharge

Q: Can breast milk help treat pink eye?

A: Yes, breast milk can be used to help treat pink eye, especially in infected children. It contains natural antibodies and probiotics that can help fight viruses and bacteria, which are the main causes of this infection. Using an eyedropper, simply place two drops of breast milk into the infected eye to alleviate the symptoms.2

Q: Does pink eye hurt?

A: Depending on the severity of the infection, there’s a good chance that pain can develop in your eyes. In fact, eye pain is one of the main indicators of pink eye, along with itchiness. There may also be a gritty feeling in your eye, which can cause you to scratch it over and over again.3

Q: What are the symptoms of pink eye in kids?

A: The symptoms of pink eye in children are quite similar to pink eye in adults. They can vary depending on the cause (bacteria, viruses, chemicals or allergies), but there are some things that stand out.

Children typically develop a general discomfort in the infected eye, and may tell you that they have something in their eye. Afterward, more symptoms appear, such as redness in the eye and inner eyelid. Discharge may appear in the corner of the eye, and your child may develop a sensitivity to light.4

Q: Does pink eye go away on its own?

A: If you have mild pink eye and no other health complications occur, it’s possible for the infection to go away on its own. However, as long as there are symptoms, you are considered to be contagious, so you must practice proper hygiene.5

Always remember to wash your hands often. Avoid touching your eyes as well, because this can transfer the microbes into your hands, which can then infect other people, or your other eye. Make sure that you thoroughly clean all fabrics you use during the course of your infection. This includes clothing, pillowcases and towels.6

Q: What steps can be taken to prevent pink eye from recurring?

A: If you have recurring pink eye, you need to take stock of your environment and figure out what the triggers are. There may be certain items in your house that emit chemical vapors, which then cause your eyes to become red. In the same way, there may be certain allergens in your home that cause your eye to become inflamed. Visiting a doctor can help you figure out the cause of your condition.7

Certain hygiene practices need to be implemented to reduce your chances of developing pink eye repeatedly. Again, always wash your hands thoroughly with triclosan-free soap and carefully clean your surroundings. Wash your clothes regularly as well to prevent any microbes in the fabrics from transferring to your eyes.

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