Cold and flu season is washing over East Tennessee like a tsunami, closing schools and keeping kids and adults alike on the couch. Unfortunately, pink eye rides on the coattails of flu and cold season and is adding to many people’s uncomfortable symptoms.
Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is caused by inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid and helps to keep the eyelid and eyeball moist. The condition can be caused by bacteria, a virus, allergens, or other irritants. The same viruses that cause colds and the flu—such as adenovirus, enterovirus, and influenza virus—can also cause pink eye. (more…)