Thursday, October 25, 2007

Infectious Conjunctivitis - Awareness

Sharing a mail from my Company Care Desk for the benefit of Bloggers :)

Infectious Conjunctivitis - Awareness

Various parts of the country are experiencing an outbreak of infectious conjunctivitis and there are reports that some of those infected are suffering some "corneal involvement". This minor damage to the outer layer of the eye can occur with the more serious types of conjunctivitis, but the condition usually heals over a few days, especially with antibiotic treatment. Medical treatment may be required.

The three main causes of epidemic conjunctivitis are adenovirus, coxsackievirus, and enterovirus, although some local doctors are speculating that, because of the severity, a new strain of virus may be responsible for this outbreak.

The Condition
"Common" conjunctivitis, or "pink eye", is inflammation of the conjunctiva (the lining of the eyelids). The condition can be caused by infection with viruses or bacteria. Other, non-infectious causes include irritants or allergies.

Viral conjunctivitis occurs frequently and is self-limiting - which means it disappears on its own without treatment. Symptoms are usually mild. Eyes become red or pink, itchy and watery. There may be a discharge and vision may be blurry. Some infected people become more sensitive to light. Conjunctivitis is sometimes associated with a cold or sore throat.

The virus is spread from person to person. You can get the virus directly from another person, or by touching an object that has been contaminated by the virus (including your hands) to your eyes. The disease can also spread through contaminated water, such as in swimming pools. No particular treatment is required. Symptoms disappear in about four days to a week. Cold compresses to the eyes can be used to relieve discomfort.

To prevent the disease from spreading, practice good hygiene habits:

·                               Avoid close contact with anyone who is infected.

·                               Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.

·                               Refrain from touching or rubbing your eyes.

·                               Don’t share personal hygiene / grooming items such as wash cloths or eye make-up. 

·                               Children who are infected should be kept out of school or day care until they have recovered.  

·                                Seek medical attention if symptoms are more than mild, or are persistent.

Corneal Involvement symptoms are as follows. Seek Medical help if you have them:

·                               Your eyes are very red and/or swollen  

·                                You have a feeling of "sand" in your eyes  

·                                You cannot tolerate light.                                        



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  2. Pinkeye occurs due to viral or bacterial infection. Allergic pinkeye develops due to pollens, animal shedding and certain cosmetic products. Viral pinkeye is very much transmittable. Allergic or chemical pink eye is non-contagious. There are many symptoms of pinkeye like reddishness on eyes, inflamed eyelids, excessive tear production, burning sensation, stuck eyelids, irritation etc. For more details refer Eye Diseases