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Top 10 Ways to Avoid Bacterial Pink Eye

  • Bacterial pink eye is among the most common forms of conjunctivitis.
  • Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is often recognized by redness and inflammation in the eyes and the eyelids.
  • It can be caused by a simple irritation from wind or dryness, or it can, also, be caused by a virus or a bacterial infection.
  • Since bacterial pink eye is caused by an infection the best prevention is a well-rounded approach to good hygiene.


There are some specifics to keep in mind though:
The first and most important tip is to wash your hands. Specifically, before and after you touch your face or eyes. This will reduce the spread of the bacteria.
Next, attempt not to touch your own face or eyes.
Another important rule is not to share facial makeup, and especially eye makeup. This will help to limit your possibility of exposure and you exposing others.
Also use only clean towels to wipe your hands and face. The drainage that occurs with bacterial pink eye may be deposited on anything that contacts an infected eye. That drainage can infect others.
Change your pillow case and bedding regularly. This contacts the face, also, and for long periods of time.
Do not share medicine, specifically eye drops. The dispenser may actually be contaminated, or the medicine may not be helpful for your situation.
Do not share contact lenses or anything that is used in the eye or around the eyes.

If you have become infected there are things you should do to avoid spreading bacterial pink eye and to avoid reinfecting yourself:

  • Do not share contact lenses or anything that is used in the eye or around the eyes.
  • Throw out facial makeup that you used while infected.
  • Wash all of your towels, washcloths, and other toiletries that contact your face before using them again.

Whether you are recovering from infection or have not yet been infected, be certain to follow your doctor’s instructions. You should also throw out medicated after finishing treatment. Good hygiene can go a long way in helping you maintain your health.

The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.