Pink Eye Acute Conjunctivitis

What causes it?

Its caused by many organisms like Staphylococcus , Streptococcus , Pneumococcus , Adenovirus , etc .

More Information

  • Its usually both eyes that are effected
  • Its highly contagious
  • Usually it resolves on its own

Symptoms

  • Redness
  • Grittiness ( feels like something is in the eye)
  • Watery discharge and crusting in the corners of the eye
  • The lids stick to each other especially in the morning
  • Colored halos, because of flakes of mucus passing across the cornea may be present

Signs

  • Conjunctival congestion ( the conjunctiva is pink or red )

 Complications

These complications are rare but can occur : Superficial keratitis , an ulcer in the cornea , or a chronic conjunctivitis that may last for a very long time .

Treatment

  • Cleanliness , wash the eyes frequently with warm saline or clean water
  • After having the doctor check , apply an appropriate eye drop to prevent the lids from sticking together and a suitable antibiotic eye drop
  • The lids should never be bandaged because this can prevent the infectious discharge from escaping and promote a moist environment which some bacteria love .
  • If your eyes are sensitive to bright lights then wear sun shades .

Precautions

  • Isolate yourself from people because this can be very contagious
  • Avoid sharing towels
  • Avoid touching the eyes
  • Keep your hands clean at all times

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