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Cure For Viral Conjunctivitis
Is it likely to have viral conjunctivitis for over a month where it improves and worsens more than once? Or could this be something else entirely?
Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the thin mucous membrane that lines the front surface of the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids. As the inflammation increases, it causes the tiny blood vessels in the conjunctiva to dilate, thus leading to a redness of the eye. Depending on the cause of the conjunctitis there can also be itching, irritation, and discharge ...Read more
Conjunctivitis: Being exposed to someone with conjunctivitis does not necessarily imply that you will catch the infection. Having said that, after being exposed, do not touch that person or allow that person to touch you. Stay some distance from him/her just in case s/he sneezes or coughs on you. If that happens, take a shower and if not, at least wash your hands and face. ...Read more
Pus and edema: Bacterial conjunctivitis is not common in adults but occurs in children more often. I usually will have much more swelling, pus in the cul de sac, and much crusting and debris. Viral conjunctivitis is often bilateral, makes the eyes red all over, and has a clear to yellowish secretion but not pus (which is cloudy white). Your ophthalmologist can make this distinction and given you the best rx. ...Read more
Time: Viral conjunctivitis, like a viral respiratory infection runs its course over a 10-14 day period of time. Medications taken durning a viral illness, be it in the eye or other or system are supportive only. They protect from bacterial superinfections and treat the symptoms of the viral infection. ...Read more
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