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.
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 of 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. It will typically affect only the affected eye. However, proper steps to maintain hygiene must be taken or you will risk spreading the infection to the other eye as well. When you have pink eye, the blood vessels on the surface of your eye get inflamed, causing the pink discoloration. Your eyelids may also become red or pink, and can be checked by lightly pulling the lid away from your eye.
It can be extremely tempting to rub your eye if you have pink eye. It can feel next to impossible to prevent your infant or toddler to stop rubbing their eyes. And if you have more kids, it’s important to make sure they wash their hands regularly.