Have you ever been infected by the Pink Eye virus? Do you need some advice towards preventing or treating it? According to Virus Infects A Cell Video, all diseases develop by a virus attacking a single white blood cell, multiplying inside that cell, and then escaping to attack other white blood cells. When the white blood cells are attacked, the host of the cells is infected. This works for Conjunctivitis by one rubbing their eye after touching an object or a person who has the Conjunctivitis disease. The white blood cells in their eyes can either fight off the virus (in result to not having Pink Eye) or the virus will enter the eye and infect the white blood cells (In result in getting Pink Eye). The conjunctiva (the thin and transparent outer layer of the eyeball) becomes inflamed when the white blood cells inside its eye are infected, resulting in Conjunctivitis. 

How do you know that you have Pink Eye/Conjunctivitis?

According to Center For Disease Control, WebMD, and MayoClinic, the symptoms of Conjunctivitis are:
  • Redness in eye(s)
  • Itchiness of the eye(s)
  • Gritty feeling inside the eye(s)
  • Drainage can form a crusted layer of the eye(s) which could keep the eye(s) shut
  • Swelling of the eye(s)
  • Tearing
  • Blurred Vision
How can you prevent Pink Eye/Conjunctivitis?

According to the Center for Disease Control and All About Vision, do the following to prevent Conjunctivitis:

  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap before eating, after touching or handling an infected eye, after coughing or sneezing, and before touching your eye.
  • Don't share eye makeup, towels, pillows, tissues, glasses, or contact lenses. 
  • Clean surfaces often (counters, faucets, toilet handles, tables, and phones).
  • Use a towel to open public doors
  • Wear goggles while swimming so microorganisms in the water don'y come in contact with your eye (and potentially spread the Pink Eye virus in the eye.
  • Wear gloves while handling someone else's infected eye, and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Don't rub nose or touch mouth because virus can enter through those places as well.
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This picture shows that washing your hands
can get rid of the viruses on your hands.

How can you prevent the virus from coming back?

According to WebMD, doing the following tasks will prevent Conjunctivitis from coming back:
  • Wash pillow cases, towels, and sheets that are used by an infected person.
  • Throw away eye makeup and contacts used by one who is infected.
  • Clean glasses thoroughly after used by an infected person.
  • Discard any cotton balls, gauze, or tissues that came in contact with an infected eye. 
  • Don't use eye makeup until fully healed because products in makeup can reinfect the eye.

This picture shows that one should not 
use eyeshadow and mascara while infected.

How can you treat Conjunctivitis?

According to Center for Disease Control, do the following to treat Conjunctivitis:
  • Prescription from doctor
  • Artificial tears (bought from local pharmacy)
  • Ointment (prescribed by doctor)
  • Rub salt water around eye with Q-tip
  • Don't touch the infected eye(s)