Conjunctivitis Madras eye Pink eye Eye flu It is redness & inflammation of the membranes covering the whites of the eyes and on the inner part of the eyelids.


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Conjunctivitis– Madras eye

– Pink eye

– Eye flu

• It is redness & inflammation of the membranescovering the whites of the eyes and on the inner part of the eyelids.

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• The leading cause of a red, inflamed eye is viral infection

• A number of different viruses can be responsible

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Signs & symptoms

• Vary from moderate to severe

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Signs & symptoms

• Eye redness (hyperemia) is a common symptom 

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Signs & symptoms

• Swollen, red eyelids

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Signs & symptoms

• More tear production in the eyes than usual

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Signs & symptoms

• Make you feel as though there is something in the eye

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Signs & symptoms

• An itching or burning sensation

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Signs & symptoms

• Sensitivity to light (photophobia)

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Signs & symptoms

• Creamy white or thick yellow drainage that causes the eyelids to be red,puffy, or stick together in the morning may indicate a bacterial infection

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• A doctor can usually diagnose conjunctivitis by its distinguishing symptoms

• However a slit lamp examination may be required

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When conjunctivitis means something more

• Persistent conjunctivitis can be a sign of an underlying illness in the body

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• Highly contagious• Spread by direct

contact with infected people

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• Proper washing and disinfecting can help prevent the spread

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• Wash your hands frequently, particularly after applying medications to the area

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• Avoid touching the eye area 

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• Never share towels or hankies

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• Throw away tissue after use

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• Change bed linen and towels daily if possible

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• Disinfect all surfaces, including worktops, sinks and doorknobs

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• Avoid shaking hands with person suffering from conjunctivitis

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• If you are sick, then limit your contact with other people

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• Viral conjunctivitis has no treatment - you just have to let the virus run its course, which is usually four to seven days

• Bacterial conjunctivitis is treated with antibiotic eye drops, ointment or tablets to clear the infection

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Easing Symptoms

• To reduce pain from conjunctivitis use a cold or warm compress on the eyes

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How long its contagious?

• Conjunctivitis is infectious from around the time symptoms appear until the time when the symptoms have resolved

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Safety and Health

our Concern

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