Viral Conjunctivitis Definition, Symptoms and More
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Conjunctivitis, or pink eye as it's commonly known, is a condition that affects more than six million people every year in the United States alone.1’Conjunctivitis: a Systematic Review Of Diagnosis and Treatment.’ Amir Azari-Neal Barney. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4049531/ With so many infections, it's something everyone is likely to encounter at some point in their lives.
Viral conjunctivitis can affect anyone of any age and is highly contagious, spreading easily among adults and children. Knowing what to look for and acting quickly can help prevent spreading pink eye to other people. Viral conjunctivitis can be treated and is unlikely to cause lasting damage to the eye, especially if identified early.
What Is Conjunctivitis?
Conjunctivitis is an infection that causes inflammation of the conjunctiva, the transparent layer of tissue lining the eyelid that covers the white part of the eyes. This inflammation causes blood vessels to dilate, giving the eye a pinkish color, hence the nickname pink eye.
Conjunctivitis can be caused by three different things: viruses, bacteria and allergic reactions. Although an infection could be any of the three types, the majority of cases are caused by viruses, as viral conjunctivitis is responsible for up to 75 percent of all pink eye cases.2’Viral Conjunctivitis.’ Daniel Solano. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK470271/