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How To Avoid Conjunctivitis
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
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
How to avoid or prevent Bacterial Conjunctivitis, if the bacterias that cause it, is present in our skin flora or nasal flora? And how rare is it?
Wash hands: Most germs are acquired from your environment from what you touch and transferred to your oral/nasal membranes the same way.Germs (viral or bacterial) that trigger pinkeye follow this route.Studies show an average adult touches their face/nose about 6X/hr mostly without realizing it.Once on your fingers or nasal membranes they are easily passed to the eyes.Either directly or up the tear ducts. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on what you are allergic to. ...Read more
What is best way for my caregiver to avoid getting blepharitis or conjunctivitis while putting drops in my eyes?
Culture: If you really want to know the exact germ that caused the symptoms, you need to see your doctor who may perform a bacterial culture, if he/she agrees that that it will be beneficial. ...Read more
Several issues: Conjunctivitis=inflammation of the conjunctiva irritant : dust, hair spray, mascara, chemicals germ: bacterial, chlamydia, viral allergy: air born pollen conjunctivitis is a unifying label for many things that cause inflammation but most use the term for the germ causes. Exam by your doc is a simple way to define the cause more accurately. ...Read more
Yes: Since a preponderance of conjunctivitis is viral, this form is very contagious and is spread by contact with the ocular secretions. Expect about 7-10 days of complete recovery. Best to avoid spreading by using meticulous hygiene around your eyes and avoid touching your other eye or passing on to others. You may try artificial tears, ocular decongestants (naphcon a), stay hydrated ; get plenty rest. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes you can: A majority of infectious conjunctivitis is caused by viruses- the better known one is adenovirus (aka pink eye). This is highly contagious and can be spread by touch. By not washing their hands and contacting their eyes, a person who is exposed to an infected patient can get it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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