Pink Eye Treatment Questions and Answers
Pink eye is very contagious and can affect anyone greatly. If you are experiencing pink eye symptoms, walk-in to Premier Urgent Care today to get pink eye treatment and keep going with your daily life. We have two convenient locations to serve you in Newington CT and Oxford CT. For more information, please call us or request an appointment online.
When should I worry about pink eye?
At times, it can become important to visit your local urgent care like Premier Urgent Care for your pink eye treatment. You should especially visit one of our healthcare providers if you have pink eye along with any of the following:
- Pain in the eye(s)
- Sensitivity to light or blurred vision that does not improve when discharge is wiped away from the eye(s)
- Intense redness in the eye(s)
- Symptoms that begin to worsen or do not improve, this can include pink eye thought to be bacteria which does not improve after 24 hours of antibiotic use
- A weakened immune system from examples like HIV infection, cancer treatment, or other medical conditions or treatments
Newborns and young toddlers with symptoms of pink eye should see a doctor immediately.
How long does pink eye last?
Most pink eye cases (also known as viral conjunctivitis) end up being mild and the infection clears up around 7 to 14 days without treatment and any long-term consequences. However, in some rare cases, pink eye can take anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks or more to clear up.
A doctor can prescribe antiviral medication to help treat the more serious forms of pink eye, if you are dealing with pink eye symptoms and are looking for some medical treatment, visit Premier Urgent Care today to talk to our qualified providers about your symptoms so they can help you with treatment.
Antibiotics can come in the form of eye drops or ointment. Antibiotics help to shorten the length of the infection, and also reduce complications and reduce the spread to others. Antibiotics may be necessary in the following cases:
- Pink eye with discharge
- Pink eye that occurs in people whose immune system is compromised
- Pink eye with certain bacteria’s as a suspect
Should I go to urgent care for pink eye?
Absolutely, urgent cares offer the ability to treat many not life-threatening and limb-threatening inquires including but not limited to pink eye infections. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms from a pink eye infection, have them visit our urgent care today for treatment. We offer two convenient locations to serve you in Newington, Connecticut and Oxford Connecticut. Call us today or book an appointment online to visit our experienced providers for treatment today.
How contagious is pink eye in adults?
Pink eye can be cause by either a bacterial or viral infection, it may also be caused by an allergic reaction. Bacterial and viral pink eye are both high contagious and can be contagious for up to two weeks after your symptoms first appear. Allergic pink eye is not contagious; however, it is hard to figure out the difference unless you speak to a doctor and get a confirmed diagnosis.
Pink eye can be easily passed from one person to another in the same ways other viral and bacterial infections are spread. If you end up touching something with the virus of bacteria on it, and then touch your eyes or anywhere near your eyes, you can easily develop pink eye. Most bacteria can survive on surfaces for up to 8 hours after being contracted, through some can also live up to a few days.
The infection can also spread through close contacts such as handshakes, hugs or kisses. Coughing and sneezing can also spread the infection. You are at a higher risk of contracting pink eye if you wear contact lenses, especially if they are an extended wear lenses, as the bacteria can live and grow on the lenses. Continuously cleaning the lenses and making sure to throw them out if you do come into contact with an infection and not wearing them during your infection period is highly recommended. We serve patients from Oxford CT, Newington CT, Naugatuck CT, New Britain CT, Seymour CT, Wethersfield CT, West Hartford CT, Ansonia CT, Bristol CT, Cromwell CT, and Waterbury CT.