THE HEALTH HUB-- WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE THE *PINK EYES*




WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE THE *PINK EYES* 






It’s that time of the year again, and the “pink eye” bug, which has different names in our various local dialects and is known as ‘Conjunctivitis’ is going around. Here’s all you need to know about it, and what to do/not to do when you have it. 




Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva which is the thin clear tissue that lies over the white part of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelid. It’s caused by a number of things including Viruses, Bacteria, Irritants such as shampoos, dirt in the eye, smoke, and swimming pool chlorine, as well as Allergies, like dust, pollen etc. When it is caused by bacteria and viruses it spreads easily from person to person. 

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The Symptoms?
The symptoms differ based on the cause of the inflammation, but they usually include:Redness in the white of the eye or inner eyelid,Thick yellow discharge that crusts over the eyelashes, (especially after sleep), Green or white discharge from the eye, Itchy eyes, Burning eyes, Blurred vision, and Increased sensitivity to light.
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Treatment?
The treatment of conjunctivitis varies, depending on the cause.

When caused by bacteria,it  is treated with antibiotics, in the form of eye drops, ointments, or pills. 




When caused by viruses,(This is the type that often results from the viruses that cause a common cold). Just like a cold, It must run its course, so this form, which usually lasts from four to seven days can be highly contagious.

Irritants. If caused by an irritating substance, use water to wash the substance from the eye for five minutes. Your eyes should begin to improve within four hours.

Allergies. It should improve once the allergy is treated and the allergen causing it is removed.


How Can You Prevent Spreading it? 


1.    Don't touch or rub the infected eyes. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water, periodically.
2.    Wash any discharge from your eyes several times a day using tissue and discard afterwards.
3.    Disinfect your used handkerchiefs, face towels, bed sheets, pillowcases, and towels whilst washing them.
4.    Avoid wearing eye makeup. Don't also share eye makeup with anyone.
5.    Never wear another person's contact lenses. Whether you even have it or not.
6.    Wash your hands after applying the eye drops or ointment to the eye.

This season comes with its own problems. Last week we looked at the common cold, this week we’ve tackled conjunctivitis. Let’s all take note and share as well.

A wonderful week to us all!

--THE HEALTH HUB--



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