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Conjunctivitis

Overview

A highly contagious viral infection causes Conjunctivitis or pink eye and red eye. It is basically an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the membrane covering the white portion of the eye and the inner portions of the eye. These membranes react to a wide range of bacteria, virus, irritants and toxic agents. The eyelids may be swollen, looking at bright lights is painful and eyelids may stick together due to mucus like discharge.

There are two forms of conjunctivitis – viral and bacterial. These forms are common in childhood but can occur at any age. Conjunctivitis can be both infectious and non infectious.

 

Causes

Bacterial conjunctivitis may occur usually from a hand to eye contact. Viral conjunctivitis could be associated with a cold, a runny nose, a sore throat or measles. Over use of non-prescription eye drops might cause conjunctivitis. Deficiency of vitamin A in the body, allergy for certain foods, allergic rhinitis, pollen in certain months, household dust, molds or pets may be considered as other causes. Contact lens, contact lens cleaning solutions or unhygienic handling of contact lens could be other possible causes of conjunctivitis. Other health conditions, cosmetics or a foreign body in the eye may trigger conjunctivitis.

 

Symptoms

Conjunctivitis may affect one eye or both the eyes. The infection in some cases could cause the swelling of the lymph nodes behind the ear. The symptoms of conjunctivitis can be divided into various categories.

 

Infectious conjunctivitis :

People may experience eye pain or a gritty feeling in the eyes. There might also be an itching or swelling of the eyes. Another symptom is redness in the eyes. There might also be a yellow, green or watery discharge from the eyes which collects overnight and crusts over the eyes.

 

Allergic conjunctivitis :

People may experience intense itching of the eyes or excessive tearing of the eyes.  Other symptoms are swelling and redness of the eyes. The patient may also be prone to sneezing and have a runny nose.

 

Non infectious conjunctivitis :

Pollution can be one of the main causes of this condition.  Smog, pollen and chemical in the eye also may cause conjunctivitis.

 

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of conjunctivitis is relatively a simple procedure. The doctor will do an eye examination to check for the symptoms. The doctor may also do a test to determine if the condition is bacterial or viral.

 

Treatment

Various alternative and complementary therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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