Everything you (ever) wanted to know about Pink Eye
There are a few dreaded, but totally common, illnesses among families with young children: pinworms, lice and, eww, conjunctivitis. did you just shudder? Probably. Especially if you have experienced one (or all) of these conditions in your household. They’re like the holy trinity of “gross childhood things to avoid,” with mysterious rashes and annoying children’s shows.
The pink eye in particular is one of those things that seems almost inevitable when you have kids, unless you’re literally keeping your kids in a bubble. In fact, we applaud any family that manages to avoid the Pink Eye because it’s so common. It might be mean, but it’s basically a rite of passage. Here’s everything you (ever) wanted to know about conjunctivitis, including how to treat it fast:
What is the pink eye?
Pink eye also known as conjunctivitis: an inflammation or infection of the thin translucent membrane that covers your eyeball and lines your eyelid. It’s usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection, but sometimes it’s the result of allergies or a blocked tear duct. Basically, a person can get conjunctivitis when they have a cold or because they haven’t washed their hands properly after using the toilet. Your doctor can diagnose pink eye, but honestly you will probably know when you get it because your eyes will suddenly be ugly and look like they’re melting. Common symptoms of conjunctivitis include redness, itching, a feeling of granulation, tearing, and discharge. Fun, isn’t it?
Is pink eye contagious?
Yes, in fact, it is very easy to spread conjunctivitis, which is why you need to take care of it right away. If someone in a classroom or household suffers from it, there’s a good chance someone else will end up with symptoms as well. It is not uncommon for conjunctivitis to spread to friends, siblings, and even parents within days. Sharing is loving! Except when it’s a nasty eye infection that no one wants.
If treated in time, pink eye is rarely harmful, but it is definitely unpleasant and looks quite disgusting. After all, who wants itchy, gooey eyes? Because pink eye spreads so easily, remind your children to avoid touching their eyes and wash their hands frequently. Wash all pillow cases and towels used in your home, then sanitize any badly affected areas to prevent the spread of germs. Adults with symptoms of conjunctivitis should temporarily stop wearing contact lenses and throw away any mascara they have used. If a family member wears glasses, clean them well.
How to get rid of conjunctivitis?
The good news: if you and / or your children seem to have conjunctivitis, you can probably count on a trip to your local pharmacy. Polysporin® sells an effective and convenient bacterial treatment for pink eyes over the counter for around $ 20. It is suitable for children 6 years and older (ask your doctor or pharmacist before using this product on young children).
These antibiotic eye drops are currently available without a prescription – and Polysporin® is the anti-infective brand recommended by doctors and pharmacists in the market. Polysporin® Eye and Ear Drops help eliminate infection-causing bacteria while speeding up the healing process and quickly relieving symptoms.
Wait, how the hell do you put eye drops on a little kid?
Have you ever wrestled with an alligator, or maybe tried to snuggle up with a cat that doesn’t like you? Okay, so you’re kinda used to administering eye drops to young children. (We’re kidding… sort of.)
Listen, if you can change a busy toddler’s diaper or put an overworked 4-year-old in a snowsuit, you can manage by giving your child conjunctivitis medication. It’s going to be fine. Really, you have this. Here’s what to do:
- Explain What You Do: Older children can understand the benefits of antibiotics and willingly participate in your mind-blowing mission.
- Distract them: turn on the TV, wait until your child is fully engaged in a show, then go for it with the drops. Boom.
- Outright Bribe: Let your kids know that if they sit well while they get their eye drops, they’ll be given a special treat. We will not judge!
If you are dealing with a child or a cooperative adult, try removing the lower eyelid below the lashes of the eye to form a pocket. Squeeze a drop into the sachet, then slowly release the bottom cover. Gently close your eye for a minute or two. Don’t rub your eyes and try not to blink. Ta-da! Remember to always read and follow the label.
Goodbye, pink eye!
Polysporin® ear and eye drops should start to relieve symptoms within 1 to 2 days. Continue to practice good hand hygiene and wash clothes, use Polysporin ear and eye drops as recommended, and watch your family’s eye problems treat themselves. And, if it happens again, make sure you have the Polysporin® ear and eye drops handy. Polysporin® also offers an antibiotic ear drop with pain relief to treat swimmer’s ear in children and adults – a must for any parent’s medicine cabinet.