Debunked! 5 pink eye myths you need to forget!

You probably think you know all there is to know about pink eye. But it’s surprising how much of that information is probably incorrect…or stems from an unreliable playground source. Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is an incredibly common infection that impacts the surface of the eyeball. This inflammation can lead to itchiness, soreness, and sticky, crusty mucus that clings to your eyelashes and the corner of your eyes. Although unpleasant, pink eye/conjunctivitis is incredibly common and thankfully, easy to treat. You can check out this Pink Eye remedy now if you’re suffering from the symptoms.  

To get the right treatment for pink eye and to help prevent the spread, it’s probably best that you brush up on your knowledge of this common infection, so you can get the treatment you need, look after family members with the condition and seek help if you need it. Read on to find out more. 

Only children can get it

You might remember having pink eye when you were little, or be overly familiar with your own children developing it. It’s easy to conclude that only children are affected by this condition, but that’s only because it’s very common in little ones aged 5 and under. In reality, pink eye can be caught by anyone and at any age! One of the most prevalent ways pink eye is spread is when bacteria on hands is transferred to the eyes, and as children may not wash their hands properly and they play/learn close to one another, it’s easily spread. But, adults are also at risk!

You won’t catch it if you don’t rub your eyes

Sadly, no. As mentioned above, bacteria being spread from hands to eyes is the most common way for pink eye to spread, but it’s not the only way. You can develop pink eye if your eyes come into contact with contaminated objects. Such as dirty contact lenses, mascara wands, eyeliners, even shared eye drop pipettes. You can also catch viral conjunctivitis, much like how you would catch a cold – through coughing and sneezing.

Flatulence can cause pink eye

Believe it or not, this schoolyard myth is nothing but hot air! As flatulence is purely methane gas, although unpleasant, it doesn’t harbor any bacteria that could lead you to develop pink eye. A real let down for all those high school and sibling pranksters. 

Once you’ve had it, you have immunity 

Sorry! Although it would be ideal if this was the case, as bacteria from numerous sources can spread to the eye at any time, there’s no immunity from conjunctivitis just because you’ve had it before. The best way to avoid pink eye is to wash your hands regularly and not share any eye-based products with anyone else! 

And finally, you don’t need to visit the doctor with conjunctivitis 

There is some truth to this statement, but it’s purely circumstantial. If you have a young child with pink eye, it’s always best to plan a visit to the doctors’ office. Or if you’re suffering from blurred vision, severe pain, and swelling, you should speak with a medical professional as soon as possible.