Pink Eye Causes
What might have caused your pink eye

There are many pink eye causes each leading to a specific type of course. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria, eyestrain etc, but it is also believed that prolonged work under artificial light and excessive use of the eyes in one way or the other, no doubt, contribute towards the disease

Sometimes knowing the causes in your specific situation can help you to find the right remedies or ways to prevent it from happening in the future

Viral pink eye causes

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This type of conjunctivitis can often be the result from several viruses that cause a common cold, sore throat, respiratory infections and others

Just like these ailments this form of pink eye must run its course. It will normally take 7 to 10 days to clear up by itself after the first symptoms appear but is highly contagious

This infection must be correctly detected and treated

Bacterial pink eye causes

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The bacterial variety could be the result from an infection by many different bacteria. When you think that you or your child might have bacterial conjunctivitis, contact your doctor. He or she will see if it this is the case and if necessary will take action to fight the infection

This is especially necessary when it is accompanied by a runny nose, earache or cough which can be caused by the same bacteria

Your doctor also wants to make sure the infection didn't spread to areas where the symptoms did not yet show themselves

Chlamydia or STD pink eye causes

Very uncommonly chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease or STD, can cause conjunctivitis. This is uncommon in the western world; however it is very common in Africa and Middle Eastern countries

Both adults and newborn babies can get it; the newborns can attract it during birth

When you suspect you or your child have it immediately contact your doctor

Allergic pink eye causes

The allergic type can be a result of all kinds of allergies. They tend to happen more frequently among kids who also have other allergic conditions, such as hay fever. This is usually a seasonal ailment and some triggers of this allergic reaction include grass, ragweed pollen, dead skin flakes from pets or other animals, and dust mites

Sometimes it is accompanied by other typical allergy symptoms like sneezing, itching nose or a sore throat

If the symptoms don't go away even after using one of the suggested home remedies, contact your doctor

Chemical pink eye causes

Conjunctivitis of this type can be caused by irritating chemical substances. When you get them into your eye it causes irritation which can lead to conjunctivitis. The most common chemicals causing this are:

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  • Household cleaners
  • All kinds of sprays
  • Smoke
  • Smog
  • Industrial pollutants


If you get one of these into your eye wash your eyes immediately with a very large amount of water and contact your doctor, even so if the chemical substance is or looks "safe and harmless." The reason is that some common household products like bleach or even furniture polish can do a lot of damage

Giant papillary pink eye causes

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Giant papillary eye conjunctivitis occurs basically when there is a foreign object in the eye like sand or a wood splinter. It is also a common complication with people who wear contact lenses

Poor hygiene in handling the lenses, solutions or cases can be the cause of an infection. Sometimes people who wear soft contact lenses can get an abnormal immune response to the lenses which may cause it

Hygienic treatment of your contact lenses apparel may prevent this type

Underlying diseases

When you have reoccurring bouts of conjunctivitis this can be a sign of an underlying illness in the body. Most often these are rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus

Contact your doctor if you have the feeling this might be the case

Causes of subconjunctional hemorrhage

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It might sound like an extremely painful and deadly ailment but it is quiet the opposite. Tiny blood vessels in the white of your eye burst from changes in pressure or forceful movements

It looks and sounds impressive but this means that

  • very hard laughing
  • vomiting
  • diving under water
  • or even hanging or bending upside down

can already cause it

So it is generally harmless. It only appears in the white of the eye and your vision is not affected

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