Khalilah Babino, DO, an emergency care physician at the Loyola University Health System, says this revolting, sticking condition is very contagious.
Pink eye is also called conjunctivitis--because the conjunctiva, a thin membrane on the surface of the eye, is the part that gets inflamed and red.
It is often bacterial, but not always. Pink eye can be caused by viruses, allergens and other irritants.
There is thick, discolored drainage (the green...never mind) and your eyelids can be stuck in the morning.
If someone has it in your family, wash your hands with warm soapy water--frequently.
Use a hand sanitizer if water is not available.
Avoid eye makeup--and throw away any you used.
Wear glasses, not contacts, until it is cured. Clean your contact case thoroughly.
Until you have had 24 hours of antibiotic treatment, do not go among polite society.
This is gross, but not the end of the world.