Viral conjunctivitis. Caused by a virus, like the common cold. This type of pink eye is very contagious, but usually will clear up on its own within several days without medical treatment. Bacterial conjunctivitis.
Beside this, what does it mean to have a cold in your eye?
Viral conjunctivitis is most often caused by adenovirus, a virus associated with respiratory diseases and the common cold. Allergic conjunctivitis This type tends to happen in people who normally get allergies, and occurs when the eyes are exposed to a substance called an allergen that causes an allergic reaction.
What are the symptoms of a cold in the eye?
They depend on the cause of the inflammation, but may include:
- Redness in the white of the eye or inner eyelid.
- Swollen conjunctiva.
- More tears than usual.
- Thick yellow discharge that crusts over the eyelashes, especially after sleep.
- Green or white discharge from the eye.
- Itchy eyes.
- Burning eyes.
- Blurred vision.
Is there a difference between pink eye and a cold in the eye?
Viral conjunctivitis comes on fast when the eye or body is infected with a virus. Often just an additional symptom of the cold or flu, viral conjunctivitis causes a sticky, watery discharge that is very contagious. This infection should go away within 3-5 days, but it can also trigger bacterial conjunctivitis.