What is conjunctivitis?
Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the transparent membrane that lines the eyelids and covers the sclera, the white part of the eye. Conjunctivitis can be caused by a bacterial or viral infection or by an allergic reaction to any material that irritates the eyes.
What are the symptoms of conjunctivitis?
Regardless of the cause of the conjunctivitis, the eyes become red, itchy and watery. With bacterial conjunctivitis, commonly known as pinkeye, there is also a heavy discharge of mucus. Both eyes are usually affected. With viral conjunctivitis, there is also a light discharge, and normally only one eye is affected. Allergic conjunctivitis may be accompanied by an itchy, runny nose.
How does conjunctivitis spread?
Infective conjunctivitis is extremely contagious. Once an infected eye is touched, hands should be washed immediately. Any cloths used to clean the eyes should not be reused but should be washed immediately. It often spreads through contact with the tears of someone who has conjunctivitis. Contact with other people should be as limited as possible until the conjunctivitis subside.
How is conjunctivitis treated?
Treatment of conjunctivitis depends upon the cause. Bacterial conjunctivitis is usually treated with antibiotic eye drops or ointment. Viral conjunctivitis disappears on its own after one to two weeks. Allergic conjunctivitis disappears when the material causing the irritation is removed.
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