Conjunctivitis or pink eye is an eye disease that causes an inflammation on the eyes conjunctiva. It is a highly contagious infection that is common in children. It manifest itself through the following signs and symptoms: photophobia, crusts on the eyelids, blurred vision, excess tear production, eye redness and production a yellow-green discharge. It is classified into three forms depending on the main cause, the forms include: viral conjunctivitis, bacterial conjunctivitis and allergic conjunctivitis.
Conjunctivitis Treatment is differs among the three types of conjunctivitis, since their sources of infection also differs. In order to avoid contamination between infected people; normal people are urged to avoid sharing items such as towels. Moreover, people are urged to wash their hands after touching their eyes. Conjunctivitis can also be treated at home by using over the counter lubricant eye drops to reduce discomfort. One may clean the discharge present on the eyelids via use of a soaked cotton wool. To avoid reinfection, patients using contact lenses should discard them if they had been contaminated.
Antibiotics such as eye drops and eye ointments are known to be the most effective form of Conjunctivitis Treatment. Viral conjunctivitis can be treated via use of artificial cold packs in order to get rid of the swelling. If the condition is severe for example conjunctivitis caused by herpes simplex virus doctors are known to prescribe antiviral medications. In bacterial conjunctivitis, topical antibiotics such as eye drops and eye ointments are used. Inflammation and eye dryness is relieved via use of artificial tears and cold compresses.
Allergic conjunctivitis develops when an individual comes into contact with an allergen or irritant. This condition can either be seasonal, perennial, giant papillary or contact dermato-conjunctivitis. Treatment is through use of allergy medications, including antihistamines and mast stabilizers like steroids and decongestants. These two forms of medication act by reducing the inflammation. But the best Conjunctivitis Treatment for allergies is to avoid the irritant.