Conjunctivitis occurs when the surface of the eyeball and the inside of the eyelid become inflamed. The swollen blood vessels that result give the eye a pinkish hue.

Fortunately, “pink eye” (conjunctivitis) does not typically compromise eyesight, but it is bothersome and can cause the particular symptoms.

Conjunctivitis Symptoms:

  • Excessive tears
  • Thick discharge from the eyes
  • Crusting of the eye
  • Itchy, burning eyes
  • Sensation of sand or grit in the eye
  • Obscured vision

Conjunctivitis may or may not be contagious depending on how it develops.  If it stems from a viral or bacterial infection, it can be passed on easily to others.  Those affected should take precautions not to spread it, such as washing hands frequently.   If the conjunctivitis is allergy-related, you are not at risk for infecting others.

Managing Conjunctivitis

Viral conjunctivitis cannot be treated.  Like a common cold, it will go away in time. If you have bacterial conjunctivitis, on the other hand, your physician may prescribe antibiotics to treat it.  If conjunctivitis is caused by an allergic reaction, medications such as antihistamines can help reduce the inflammation.

An occasional case of conjunctivitis is typical, but if have recurrent flare-ups, you may have allergy-related conjunctivitis that can be treated through allergy immunotherapy.   The advantage of immunotherapy is that it addresses the underlying allergy problem—not just its symptoms.

If you are considering allergy immunotherapy, contact AllergyEasyAllergyEasy offers a type of immunotherapy known as “sublingual immunotherapy” which works much like allergy shots but is administered as under-the-tongue drops that are absorbed into the bloodstream through cells in the mouth.  It is safer and more convenient than shots because it can be administered at home.

About The Author

Stuart H. Agren, M.D.

Stuart H. Agren, M.D. completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed additional training at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and then established his private medical practice starting in 1975. Dr. Agren completed a mini-residency in Industrial Medicine at the Robert Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University and also completed training to become a certified Medical Review Officer.

Dr. Agren was the Medical Director at TRW and McDonnell Douglas in Mesa, Arizona and at Stauffer Chemical and Kennecott Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University.

In his private medical practice, Dr. Agren specialized in family practice and allergy. In his work as a private practice allergist, he was one of the first doctors in the country to prescribe sublingual immunotherapy to his patients as an alternative to subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). He has also been a trailblazer in the field of food allergy treatment and research, developing a program to treat multiple food allergies simultaneously using sublingual immunotherapy. Dr. Agren has been featured on local CBS, NBC, and ABC news affiliates and won the peer-nominated “Top Doc” award from Phoenix Magazine.

After 20 years in private practice, Dr. Agren became the Founder and President of AllergyEasy, which helps primary care physicians around the country offer allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy treatment to their patients. Over 200 physicians in over 32 states use the AllergyEasy program to help their patients overcome environmental and food allergies and asthma.