Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is a highly contagious bacterial or viral eye infection that occurs when the blood vessels of the transparent membrane (or conjunctiva) covering the whites of your eye becomes irritated and inflamed—thus causing the tissue to turn pink in color.
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A pink eye infection can occur when the eyes are rubbed with dirty hands, typically spreading the bacteria and germs from an allergy or influenza infection into the eyes, or by using dirty contact lenses.
Here are the 12 most common itchy-scratchy symptoms of pink eye…
1. Discoloration in Whites of the Eye
Redness is one of the primary and most telling symptoms of pink eye. This red discoloration will affect the conjunctiva tissue, or the whites of the eyes, and typically only in the infected eye. However, proper steps to maintain hygiene in both eyes must be taken otherwise the infection can spread.
This discoloration occurs because the blood vessels on the surface of the eye become inflamed. Your eyelids may also become red or pink, and this can be checked by lightly pulling the lid away from your eye.
You’ll likely be tempted to rub your eye due to itchiness, and for a parent, it’s darn near impossible to stop an infant or toddler from rubbing their eyes. In this case, just make sure they wash their hands as regularly as possible.