Doctors say conjunctivitis is on the rise

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - Health officials say they have seen an outbreak in conjunctivitis or pinkeye in the State of Texas.

Pink eye can be spread very easily and is usually self-diagnosable.
The infection is usually spread by skin to skin contact or touching a contaminated surface.

If infected, it’s important to stop wearing contact lenses and contact a medical professional.

Pink eye is described as an inflammation of the outer membrane of the eye or inner eyelid.

Dr. Hector Gonzalez says, “We have gotten reports that during the warming periods of the year is when we do see an increase of conjunctivitis, commonly called pink eye can be caused by different things.”

Dr. Gonzalez goes on to say sometimes it’s allergies, sometimes it’s due to bacteria or because someone doesn’t wash their hands.

Some of the common symptoms of pink eye are irritated eyes, discharge, dryness, itchiness, puffy eyes, swollen eyes and of course redness.

The effects of pink eye will usually go away within a few days to a week and can be treated with anti-biotic eye drops.