Viral Conjunctivitis

Viral Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva. It may occur in one or both eyes and is highly contagious. It increases in certain seasons.

Causes

  • A variety of viruses can be responsible.
  • Incubation period between 2-14 days.
  • All ages may be susceptible and may affected.
  • It frequently occurs in areas where large groups of people gathered like school, shopping malls, housing compounds

 

 

 

The disease transmits by:

  • Respiratory tract to eye (sneezing, coughing)
    • Hand shake
    • Contaminated surfaces and items
    • Sharing of towels, pillowcases, cosmetics, etc.
    • Public swimming pools
    • Finger to eye

Signs and symptoms

  • Tearing and discharge.
  • Painful and foreign body sensation.
  • Swollen and red Conjunctiva.
  • Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • Blurred vision.
  • Redness.
  • Puffy eyelids.

Treatment

  • Cold compresses.
  • Ocular lubricants for comfort.
  • Contact lenses wearers should remove lenses until signs and symptoms resolve.
  • It is advisable to clean tables, door handles, chairs, bathrooms, etc., with Clorox diluted with water
  • Add Chlorine to swimming pools.
  • Chang pillowcases and towels.

 

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