Eye infections can be painful, unsightly, and if left untreated, dangerous. They are also easy to transmit from person to person. There are several most common eye infections, all with different causes, treatments, and prevention techniques. Although some may be easily treated at home, others may require special medical attention. If you notice redness, swelling, or blemishes around your eye, consult with your physician.
Conjunctivitis is a bacterial infection of the eye, caused by fecal bacteria. Although pink eye is unpleasant and painful, it is not serious and is usually treated with over the counter medication. However, it is very contagious, so if you suspect you have it, avoid close contact with others. Pink eye is especially common in children because they are still fine-tuning their hygeine routine. Symptoms include redness in the white of the eye and watery discharge that can make your eyes stick together.
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