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December 31, 2017

Conjunctivitis: Putting a Lid on Pink Eye

December 31, 2017

Red, irritated, uncomfortable and contagious. Those symptoms describe a common condition called conjunctivitis — better known as pink eye. Caused by bacteria, viruses and environmental irritants, pink eye afflicts both children and adults.

In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast family medicine expert Dr. Sarah Kuruvilla answers questions about diagnosing, treating and preventing conjunctivitis. To make an appointment with Dr. Kuruvilla or any of our other experts, call (903) 877-7000.


  1. What is conjunctivitis, or pink eye?
  2. What are the most common symptoms of pink eye?
  3. What causes pink eye and how long does it last?
  4. If you begin feeling the telltale symptoms of pink eye, is there anything that can be done to head the disease off or lessen its severity?
  5. Is pink eye more common in children or adults? Or is age not a factor?
  6. How contagious is pink eye and how is it transmitted?
  7. What are the steps to prevent the transmission of pink eye? And once the symptoms appear, is it already a contagion risk to others?
  8. Does pink eye pose any serious health risk or is it just an annoying infection that has to pass?
  9. How is pink eye treated? Can you treat pink eye yourself or does it require the attention of a physician?
  10. What are the risks and implications to leaving pink eye untreated? Will it run its course and resolve or will it present more serious complications?
  11. Once diagnosed with pink eye, when is it safe to return to work or school?
  12. Is there any seasonality to pink eye? Is it more likely to occur in certain times of the year?
  13. How does pink eye affect those who wear contact lenses?
  14. What are some good general rules to follow to avoid getting pink eye?

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