What You Need to Know about Pink Eye

Allergy season is upon us! It’s the time of year when we wake up with a tickle in our throats and walk outside to find our car is suddenly painted icky-green with pollen.

Our respiratory systems tend to take the hardest hit this time of year, but our eyes may not like it so much either. A little thing called conjunctivitis amps up its game around this time each year, a condition we know by the more common, succinctly descriptive name of pink eye.

So how can you tell if your little one’s eyes are leaking and gooey because of histamines, or if it’s something a little more sinister? Read on and find out everything you need to know about this itchy, irritating problem.

So What Exactly Is It?

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is the blanket term for anytime there’s a swelling of your conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the thin, clear membrane that covers the whites of the eyes and the inside of the eyelids. It can become inflamed for any number of reasons, and no matter the cause, the result is more or less the same: conjunctivitis.