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How to avoid contracting the virus conjunctivitis

What is conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva, the thin transparent layer of tissue that lines the inner surface of the eyelid and covers the white part of the eye. Conjunctivitis, often called “pink eye”, may affect one or both eyes. Some forms of conjunctivitis can be highly contagious and easily spread in schools and at home. While conjunctivitis is usually a minor eye infection, sometimes it can develop into a more serious problem.


What are the different types of conjunctivitis ?

As per Dr Bharti Sharma, (Consultant Ophthalmologist at Apollo Bramwell Hospital) there are different types of conjunctivitis :

•           Viral

•           Bacterial  (such as gonorrhoea or chlamydia)

•           Allergic such as dust and pollen, contact lens wearers

Viruses are a common cause of conjunctivitis in patients of all ages. A variety of viruses can be responsible for conjunctival infection; however, adenovirus is by far the most common cause. Viral conjunctivitis, although usually benign and self-limited, tends to follow a longer course than acute bacterial conjunctivitis, lasting for approximately 2-4 weeks.

Who is at risk?

Close contact with a person who already has conjunctivitis, contaminated swimming pools

How to avoid contracting the virus ?

Dr Bharti Sharma mentions that practicing a good hygiene is the best way to control the spread of conjunctivitis. Avoid close contact with infected patient and washing the hands frequently will avoid you from contracting the disease.

Measures and Precautions

Once an infection has been diagnosed, follow these steps:

•           Don't touch your eyes with your hands.

•           Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.

•           Change your towel and washcloth daily, and don't share them with others.

•           Discard eye cosmetics, particularly mascara.

•           Don't use anyone else's eye cosmetics or personal eye-care items.

•           Follow your eye doctor's instructions on proper contact lens care





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