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Broken Blood Vessels or Pinkeye – a Closer Look at Pinkeye Symptoms
Pink eye, scientifically known as ‘conjunctivitis,’ may cause some unpleasantness, but it is nothing to be alarmed about. It is a membrane that is red in color, located in the inner part of the eyelids, and when pink eye occurs, it gets covered with fluid. There are various small organisms like fungus, viruses, bacteria, and other toxic agents, to which the reddish membrane reacts. These tend to be more common in children, but it is possible for people of all ages to be affected by pink eye.
1) Pink color in the white part of the eyes. In the case of pink eye, the conjunctivitis causes a pink hue to appear. Eyes will also tend to water and feel itchy, gritty, and sore.
2) Red, swollen eyelids. Not only does pink eye affect the white part of the eye, but the eyelids’ inner lining as well. This can make the eyelids swell up and feel very sensitive. If examined closer, they will look red and inflamed.
3) Tearing. One of the pink eye symptoms in adults is that the constant watery eyes. This happens because the eyes try to wash out the infection and soothe the irritation and redness. This is especially the case if the person also has a cold.
4) Sensation of foreign objects in the eye. It often feels like you’ve got something stuck in your eye when you have pink eye, especially when accompanied by watering (which means the eye perceives something foreign and tries to get rid of it). If you are experiencing other symptoms of pink eye as well, do not rub the eye even if it’s really itchy, as this will only make the feeling of a foreign object more acute.
5) Burning or itching of the eye. Hot, burning, itchy eyes are common pink eye symptoms. This may temporarily be relieved by washing the eye gently with cool water.
6) Photophobia. This simply means that the eye is extremely sensitive to natural or artificial light. It will squint or close in bright light in order to protect itself, especially when it is irritated and sore. Wearing sunglasses may bring temporary relief.
Generally pink eye will go away without treatment after just a few days. If you have a cold at the same time, it may take a bit longer – 7 to 10 days to disappear, but it could be faster. If you have bacterial conjunctivitis, which usually comes with a sticky discharge, then it will probably take 4 to 7 days to go away without treatment with antibiotics. Although this may feel like a lifetime when you suffer from pink eye symptoms, try to be patient and calm until they go away.
The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|Blood Circulation16 Mar 2011|