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Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is a common eye infection. Infection of the outer membrane which covers the eye is known as conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis is inflammation of conjunctiva.
Conjunctivitis is a common eye infection. Infection of the outer membrane which covers the eye is known as conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis is inflammation of conjunctiva. Conjunctiva is the membrane that covers the white part of the eye. Conjunctivitis is also known as 'pink eye' or 'red eye'. Conjunctivitis patient suffers from redness of eye, swelling of eye, burning of eye, discharge from the eyes and sticking of eyelids. Conjunctivitis can effect either both the eyes or only one eye. It can be bacterial or viral or allergic.

How is conjunctivitis caused?

Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the outer membrane of eye that covers the white part of the eye. It is mostly due to infection or allergy. Apart from this the infection of conjunctiva is also common in new born babies called ophthalmia neonatorum. The various causes of conjunctivitis are listed below
Infection- Conjunctivitis is most commonly caused by virus followed by bacteria. The infection usually spreads person to person, by using common articles, handle of the door, towel, shaking hands and others. A person infected with conjunctivitis rubs his eyes with hands and then uses them for other activities like opening the door or hand shake. This spreads the virus or bacteria of conjunctivitis into other people. Viral conjunctivitis may be accompanied by cold and cough.
Allergic Conjunctivitis-Allergic conjunctivitis is inflammation of conjunctiva due to allergy. Irritation of eyes in allergic patients can be caused by pollen, smoke, animal fur or any other allergen. Allergic conjunctivitis effects both the eyes simultaneously and it is never contagious.

What are the symptoms of conjunctivitis?

The symptoms of conjunctivitis may vary from mild to severe depending upon the virulence of causative agent and susceptibility of individual. Conjunctivitis may affect one eye or both eyes the symptoms of pink eye are listed below

Redness - The effected eye may be red
Swelling of eyes
Itching - Itching is prominent in cases of allergic conjunctivitis
Pains in effected eye- The eyes are painful and achy.
Watery eyes
Discharge from eyes- Discharge from infected eye is one of the prominent symptoms of conjunctivitis. It may cause both the eyelids to stick together, especially after sleep.
Photophobia- Light sensitivity

Diagnosis of conjunctivitis:

Symptoms are the most important guide for diagnosing conjunctivitis. Microbial culture is the test for detecting the causative agent, although it is not required frequently.

 

How to prevent Conjunctivitis?

Avoid touching or rubbing the infected eye. Infection can spread to other eye and other people via infected hands.
Do not use eye makeup and contact lenses until the infection subsides.
Frequently wash your hands with soap and water to prevent the spread of conjunctivitis.
Infected person should keep his personal belongings like towel, hanky, and glasses clean and sanitized. Patients should not share their personal objects.
School children suffering from pink eye should remain at home till symptoms persist as the disease is contagious.

Best Homeopathic medicines for pink eye

Apis mellifica- The patient suffers from great puffy swelling of eyelids. Eyes are better from cold application.
Argentum nitricum- Eyes swollen with yellowish or pus like discharge. Achy eyes which are worse from light and heat.
Belladonna-Sudden onset of conjunctivitis. Eyes red with throbbing pain.
Euphrasia-One of the prominent eye remedy. Large amount of acrid discharge from the eyes which causes burning in the eyes. Sensation of sand particle in eyes. Nose may have bland discharge.
Heparsulph- The eyes are extremely sensitive with intense photophobia and burning. This patient's conjunctivitis may have sticky, yellowish discharge.
Sulphur- Itching is the prominent symptom in this patient's pink eye. There is redness of eyes. Symptoms are aggravated from heat and cold relieves the patient.

Updated: January, 31 2018

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