What is conjunctivitis?
Conjunctivitis means inflammation of
the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the thin covering (like a very thin skin)
that covers the white part of the eyes and the inside of the eyelids.
causes of conjunctivitis?
1.Infection is the most common cause.
2.Allergy is another common cause.
3. Irritant For example, your
conjunctiva may become inflamed after getting some shampoo in your eyes.
What are the symptoms of common infective conjunctivitis?
- The eyes may feel gritty and may water more than usual.
Some mild soreness may develop, but the condition is not usually very
The eyelids may become swollen. They are often stuck together with gluey
material (discharge) after a sleep.
· Vision is not normally affected.
What is the treatment for common infective conjunctivitis?
Not treating – this is a
common option for mild or moderate infections. Your tears contain chemicals
that fight off germs (bacteria). Without treatment, most cases of infective
conjunctivitis clear on their own within 1-2 weeks. Often they clear within 2-5
days. If symptoms get worse then see a doctor to check your eye and to see if
you need treatment.
Bathing the eyes – using
cool clean water, this may be soothing.
· Lubricant eye drops – these may reduce eye discomfort. They are available
over the counter, as well as on prescription.
What should I look out for?
- You develop marked eye pain.
- Light starts to hurt your eyes (photophobia).
- Spots or blisters develop on the skin next to the eye.
- Your vision becomes affected.
- Your newborn baby develops conjunctivitis.
Staying away from
to the Health Protection Agency, it is
not a necessary step to exclude anyone or the child from childcare or school when
they are infected with conjunctivitis. Unless an outbreak happens or if the
child has a severe case of infective conjunctivitis.