Do I have pink eye or allergiesé If your skin is itching or your nose is runningin addition to the red, watery and itchy eyes, you have allergies, not pink eye. I do not have allergic symptoms like that. You could theoretically have an allergic reactionin your eyes, such as when pollen blows into your eyes or a cat rubs against your face,but you usually know what those allergens are. That doesn't tell me what I want to know.
If it is in just one eye or not the other,and you did not just pet a cat you're allergic to and rub that one eye, it is pink eye. Allergiestypically affect both eyes equally. Pink eye can affect both eyes. If you take antiallergy medication and thesymptoms go away, you have allergies. What treats pink eyeé If it is caused by bacteria, usually antibioticeye drops, if viral, the will decide, if caused by mechanical irritation, take outyour contact lenses and see the to take whatever is rubbing against the eyesout if tears don't wash it out.
I've heard you can flush the eyes with water. Sure, and that's a good idea if it is causedby chemicals or smoke, though contact with any thing with a material safety data sheetshould get you into an ER. I cannot think of anything I've worked withthat required an MSDS. Wood working with lots of sawdust gettinginto your eyes can cause irritation and pink eye, without being an allergy. You can trysoothing eye drops to treat that too, or see a to clear it up. It sounds weird that I need to see the to take something out of my eye I cannot see.
If you're pink eye is only due to minorirritation, the can prescribe soothing eye drops, and if it is an infection, prescriptioneye drops. You said pink eye could be caused by irritationlike chemicals and dust â€“ things people can be allergic to. If you have allergies, cool compresses usuallyfeel better, while bacterial pink eye usually feels better with a warm one. Except that I need to be careful not to getthe compress in contact with the less affected eye.
Always wipe from the inside of the eye out,use clean wipes to wipe them and not your hand, and wash your hands a lot. You don'twant to spread it. You cannot spread allergies, just pathogens. Just your luck, you have an allergic reactionto something that infected you with bacteria too. You can, after all, have both. That would be a new definition of a bad day,and good reason to see the .