Pink eye—or conjunctivitis—is an inflammation of the outer layer of the eye. Some different causes of pink eye include allergies, viruses and bacterial infections. Symptoms can look a little different depending on the cause. But all cases of pink eye include watery, red eyes that may include crusty discharge.
If you’re dealing with such sensitive, itchy and irritated eyes, you probably want to feel better as soon as possible.
Read on to better understand the connection between pink eye and fever. Then, how Dr. B can help you get same-day treatment with a convenient $15 pink eye consultation.
Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are often caused by an underlying illness like an upper respiratory infection. When this happens, it’s possible to have other symptoms like a cough, sore throat or a fever. But pink eye probably doesn’t cause the fever—it’s just a sign of the underlying infection.
Wondering if your red, gritty eyes might be pink eye? The symptoms of conjunctivitis are easy to spot. They include:
Conjunctivitis can cause some pain and tenderness around the eye. But the pain shouldn’t be severe. Get help right away if you notice any warning signs like:
This condition can be caused by bacteria, a virus or allergies—but a viral infection is the most common culprit.
Many people develop pink eye after coming down with another illness. If your viral pink eye was caused by something like the common cold or the flu, you might also have a fever. Conjunctivitis likely isn’t causing the fever—the underlying infection is.
However—in very rare cases—bacterial conjunctivitis can spread and cause more serious infections. When the infection spreads, you might also have a fever. But in this case, you’ll probably have other significant symptoms, like intense swelling or pain around the eye.
You might also experience itchy, watery or red eyes if you have allergies. This is actually a form of conjunctivitis! But allergic conjunctivitis isn’t contagious. It’s not caused by an infection. And your symptoms should go away once the allergen is removed.
Most types of pink eye are very contagious, spreading quickly from person to person within families, schools and the workplace.
Allergic and viral conjunctivitis generally get better on their own. Most cases of bacterial conjunctivitis improve without treatment—but antibiotics can clear symptoms quickly while reducing side effect risk. Providers often don’t test to determine which type of pink eye infection you have. Instead, they prescribe antibiotics in case it’s bacterial.
You can get antibiotic eye drops or ointments from a primary care provider or via Dr. B’s $15 online pink eye consultations.
The most common treatments include:
You can also help yourself feel better at home by:
Most importantly, always wash your hands before and after touching your eyes. That will help prevent the spread of the illness to others.
It can be tough to know what’s causing your conjunctivitis. If your symptoms last more than a few days or are severe, it’s a good idea to get some medical help.
Dr. B can help clear your pink eye through a convenient $15 online consultation. Just fill out a short health questionnaire to start the process. A licensed provider will review your treatment and, if appropriate, send a prescription to your pharmacy of choice—usually within three hours.
So if you’re ready to see clearly again, get started today!
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