Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is a relatively common eye disease. It can be spread from person to person, affecting millions of Americans. Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin protective film, the line inside the eyelid covers the white of the eye.
There are three main types of conjunctivitis:
* Infectious diseases
Although they have different origins, for various reasons, redness, swelling, itching, or discharge, and blurred vision.
Infectious conjunctivitis is transmitted by a virus or bacteria. It is in addition to redness and swelling, which can produce white or yellow pus or discharge, may result in eye closure posted in the morning.
Allergic conjunctivitis is pollen allergy by the human body caused by things like, dust, animal hair, cosmetics and fabric. It can lead to a clear or wet emissions.
Chemical conjunctivitis is due to such as air pollution, hazardous gases and chemicals in the pool of environmental stimuli.
Treatment and prevention
The best way to treat allergic conjunctivitis, and what chemistry is to avoid the causes. If this is not possible, prescription or over the counter eye drops may help relieve discomfort. Infectious conjunctivitis, if it is a bacterial infection, can be treated with antibiotic eye drops. But if it is caused by a viral infection, antibiotics do not work, only the body's immune system can cure it. If you are allergic conjunctivitis, there are eye drops that can help a few different types. They are divided into different categories, including antihistamines, decongestants, mast cell stabilizers, steroids and anti-inflammatory drop.
Infectious conjunctivitis is contagious so good hygiene is necessary, if you or someone you know is infected. To help control the spread of conjunctivitis, AOA provides these tips:
* Keep your hands away from your eyes
* Wash your hands
* Do not share items such as towels, cosmetics and eye drops with others
* Disinfect or discard any contaminated items
Although uncomfortable, conjunctivitis is usually not painful, does not affect your vision. It often clears without treatment. However, some form of deterioration into something far more serious and even cause corneal inflammation and vision problems. So you will want to see your doctor right diagnosis and treatment.