by Curt Fletcher
Pinkeye is caused by an infection or inflammation in the membranes that line the eyelid. This disturbance of the membranes causes the blood vessels in the eye to become more visible. This is what leads to the pink appearance inside the whites of the eyes. Pinkeye can be caused from an allergic reaction, viral infection or a bacterial infection. There are different remedies for pinkeye depending on the cause.
If your case of pinkeye is the result of a bacterial infection, a doctor will need to prescribe antibiotic eye drops. In most cases, this will relieve the effects of pinkeye in a couple of days. For young children, the doctor may prescribe an antibiotic eye ointment rather than eye drops. The ointment is typically easier to apply to children. This ointment can also lead to blurred vision for a period of 20 minutes after it is applied. You will see an improvement within a couple of days of taking the prescribed medication. Be certain to follow the instructions carefully.
Pinkeye caused from a viral infection will not respond to the same remedies that cure the bacterial infection. Some symptoms can be treated with the use of a normal over-the-counter medicine. However, much like a common cold, the viral infection needs to run its course through your body for a complete cure. In the first few days of experiencing pinkeye, you may notice the symptoms getting worse. After about five days, your symptoms should begin to go away. Complete relief from a pinkeye related viral infection may take up to a couple of weeks.
An allergic reaction can also lead to the development of pinkeye. In a situation such as this, your doctor may recommend a variety of different eye drop-related remedies. These medicated eye drops can include steroids, decongestants, antihistamines or other anti-inflammatory drops.