Conjunctivitis, or Pink Eye, is caused by viruses, bacteria or allergies. Commonly this occurs with viral upper respiratory infections. In most cases it is a self-limited process and will resolve on its own after a few days. If there is any yellow or green discharge from the eye or eyelid swelling, call our office. Children should not be in school or daycare if there is colored discharge from the eye, otherwise they are allowed. Wash your hands carefully as these germs are spread by contact.
Allergic conjunctivitis will also cause redness of eye, watering, and itching of the eye. Cool compresses sometimes help alleviate the swelling and provide some comfort. Benadryl orally can help with the itching and swelling. If symptoms are not alleviated with the above measures, or if there is a lot of eyelid swelling, fever or discomfort, call our office.