CONJUNCTIVITIS (PINK EYE)
Pink eye is well known as conjunctivitis and it is the infection or inflammation of the conjunctiva or the transparent membrane that serves as a covering for the white part of the eye called the sclera that lines the eyelid. In addition to inflammation, there is usually tearing in the eyes that emits a sticky discharge which develops into a crust while one is sleeping, making it difficult for the patient to open their eyes in the morning.
One thing about the pink eye, which could affect one or both eyes, is that it is highly contagious. While it is more common in children, adults can also victims of this eye condition. Here are the 3 major causes of pink eye:
General Symptoms of Pink Eye:
- Itchy eyes
- Redness of the sclera
- Watery discharge
- Swollen eyelids
- Hazy or blurry vision
- Oversensitivity to light
The best way to prevent pink eye is by practicing good hygiene which includes:
- Avoid putting dirty hands in your eyes
- Make it a habit to wash your hands often
- Avoid sharing towels and other personal items
- Do not use dirty items
- Changing your pillow cover regularly
- Do not leave a makeup item open for too long
- Avoid sharing makeup items like eyeliners, mascara, etc.
Treatment Of Pink Eye
- The treatment of pink eye is dependant on its underlying cause. If it is caused by a virus, you just might have to wait for the virus to run its course which could last for about four to seven days. Virus caused pink eye could be easily contracted so it is imperative to try and prevent further spreading. Viruses cannot be cured by antibiotics, but some antiviral drugs could be helpful.
- Antibiotics are most effective against pink eye caused by bacteria as they reduce the lifespan of these bacteria and could come in the form of eye drops or pills. Based on the doctor’s prescription, an eye drop should be administered about four to six times daily. It is important you finish using your drugs even after the disappearance of symptoms.
- To deal with pink eyes caused by allergies, the allergy should be treated. Once treated, pink eye should disappear. It is also important to avoid allergens as much as possible so as to avoid pink eye.
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