What is Conjunctivitis?
Conjunctivitis commonly known as pink eye is an infection of the eye where there is inflammation of the white part of the eye with the membranes. It may be viral, bacterial or allergic and each of them requires a different treatment. All types are contagious are normally accompanied by common cold or a soar throat.
Pinkeyes and Newborns
New born babies are more prone to pinkeyes and they need to be treated immediately in order to avoid damage to the eye. In severe cases a doctor may prescribe antibiotic ointments or eye drops.
Preventing the spread
If you or your child suffers from conjunctivitis stay away from public places like schools, day care, swimming pools etc. Do not share your towel or handkerchief with anyone. Wash your hands if you touch a person suffering from pink eyes. Disinfect your door handles and table tops if you are aware that a person suffering from pink eyes has touched any of these surfaces. Children may contract the infection from the pollen in the air. Keep kids indoor on the days of high pollen count. Vacuum the carpets and floors regularly.
Symptoms of Conjunctivitis
These include red or soar eyes, watery discharge, irritation, spread of infection from one eye to the other.
All types of conjunctivitis require treatment. Some home remedies include washing eyes with rose water. Splashing cold and warm water reduces irritation.
Calling your doctor
If you feel that you or your child has a mild case of the infection then there is no need to see a doctor, however, if you do not see any relief after 3 days its time for a check up. If the redness and swelling begins to spread beyond the eyelids means that the infection is spreading and you will need additional treatment.