Tuesday, September 14, 2010

How to prevent Conjunctivitis


What is Conjunctivitis?
Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid & can be caused by virus, bacteria, and allergens.

Symptoms:
  • Eye pain
  • Swelling of the eyes
  • Redness in the eyes
  • Yellow, green or watery discharge from the eyes which collects overnight and crusts over the eye
  • Itching of the eye
  • An enlarged lymph gland in front of the ear
  • Excessive tearing of the eye
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
 Do’s:
  • In the morning when you wake up, put a drop of your prescribed medication & also before going to bed.
  • Wash face & eyelids with mild soap.
  • Conjunctivitis is a contagious infection, so to avoid its contact with other members of the family wash towels, Bed sheets, pillow covers with hot water & detergent which come in contact of the eye separately. Wash your hands each time you touch your eye to avoid further infection.
  • Keep Children Home until it subsides.
  • Even after trying all these remedies your infection worsens instead of healing then consult a specialist for appropriate treatment. 
Don’ts:
  • Never scratch your eyes, as this can put pressure on the cornea and may even worsen the infection. Let your eye heal by itself.
  • Avoid sharing common articles such as unwashed towels, glasses.
  • Don’t use eye drops in non infected eye that were used for an infected eye.




 

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