MBBS, MS - Ophthalmology, Fellowship in Cornea and Anterior Segment
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Which of these are responsible for causing conjunctivitis?
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Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye, can be caused by viruses, bacteria, dust, pollen or any other type of allergen. Even irritants, such as pool chlorine, shampoo or chemicals present in the eye makeup, can also lead to conjunctivitis. Further, sensitiveness to the bright light of the sun can also cause conjunctivitis. Sometimes, wearing contact lenses for long also gives rise to pink eye. Pink eye doesn t pose a serious health risk in grownups if treated properly. However, conjunctivitis may cause serious vision-threatening infections in newborns.
Which of these are common symptoms of conjunctivitis?
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Intermittent red eyes, constant feeling of itchiness in the eyes, swelling and redness, and sometimes stringy discharge are some of the most noticed symptoms of conjunctivitis. When it comes to allergic conjunctivitis, it shows its symptoms only during the particular time of a year, when there is an increased presence of pollen and dust in the air. Cconjunctivitis is considered as a serious eye condition and to avail relief from the discomforts it causes to the eyes, visit an eye doctor as soon as you notice any of its symptoms.
Conjunctivitis is one such eye condition that cannot be treated.
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Depending on the type of conjunctivitis, there are various treatment options available. With the help of antibiotic eye drops and anti-inflammatory medications, both allergic and bacterial conjunctivitis can be treated. For other types of conjunctivitis, including these two, cold compresses, eye ointments, and artificial tear solutions turn out to be of great help. In the majority of the infective conjunctivitis cases, you may not need medical help as they settle down in a week or less than that.
Maintaining a good hygiene helps in preventing the spread of the infectious condition of conjunctivitis.
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Practicing a good hygiene is essential in preventing the spread of infectious conjunctivitis. Some of the good hygiene practices include not sharing your towels or clothes with others and washing them regularly, changing pillow covers frequently, avoiding touching your eyes every now and then. It also includes avoiding usage and sharing eye makeups of any kind, washing your hands frequently and abiding by the instructions, given to you by your doctor. Before taking any discomfort relieving eye drop, it s of crucial importance that you consult with a doctor first.
If allergic conjunctivitis gets severe, it may end up scarring the eyes.
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Though rare, still, sometimes conjunctivitis can give rise to further complications in the eye condition. While the severe form of allergic conjunctivitis leads to scarring of the eyes, infectious conjunctivitis can cause infections in various other parts of the body, if not treated properly. Sometimes infectious conjunctivitis even leads to secondary infections like meningitis. If you think that you have conjunctivitis, it s important that you seek immediate medical attention and opt for proper treatment before it gets severe.