Health experts say a misunderstood infection can be treated right from home


LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says pinkeye, also known as conjunctivitis, is one of the most common and treatable eye conditions.

Pinkeye is an inflammation of the whites of the eyes.

It can be a viral infection or a bacterial infection.

Health experts say it’s most often seen in people who have a common cold.

But allergies or wearing contacts can also be a contributor.

If it’s a viral infection, it can be treated at home.

Doctors recommend using a warm compress.

They also say use a warm cloth to wipe away discharge.

Non-antibiotic artificial tear drops also help.

It usually clears up within 7 to 10 days.

One health expert says pink eye is often misunderstood.

“I think when there’s an infection in the eye, since its a very vital organ, people get up in arms. It is just really important to know now that the most common cause is viral, and it will resolve on its own.” Jennifer Althoff, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System.

Health experts also say if your child has pink-eye, it’s not always necessary to keep them home from school., as long as they practice good hygiene, wash their hands, and avoid touching their eyes.

If it doesn’t clear up after 7 to 10 days, you should see a doctor.