Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) is an eye condition which causes discomfort to the eyes. It is also known as pink eye condition because, when it gets worst, it causes the eye to appear red. Conjunctivitis is described as a vague term, which does not describe the cause of irritation and inflammation. Sometimes misdiagnosis happens commonly. Every person in the world might have experienced this condition once in their life time. It affects school going children from school premises and adults through allergies.
Sometimes it is misdiagnosed, considering it is a bacterial infection, but in fact the inflammation might be caused by some other factor. They are also given wrong treatment as well and in turn the condition does not become normal in a week and lingers around for more than a month.
If you experience any symptoms of conjunctivitis, always be sure that you undergo accurate diagnosis. Only with accurate diagnosis, right type of treatment is possible.
This eye condition is inflammation of the transparent layer which covers the white part of eyelids. When this condition affects a person it causes irritation, redness, watery eyes and mucous discharge from eyes. This is a very contagious condition. The symptoms vary and it includes mucous discharge, redness, irritation, crusty eyelashes, excessive tearing, eyelid swelling and photophobia. The symptoms develop within a day of infection.
It is commonly caused by dry eyes, viral or bacterial infection, irritants, foreign body particles in eyes, contaminated fingers, allergic reactions etc. Sometimes it is transmitted through sexually transmitted diseases also. Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are caused by unclean hands, sharing of towels, coughing, sneezing etc. It is highly contagious.
Newborns develop this condition after 3 months. They can occur during birth by an infected mother having STD. this condition is known as neonatal condition and causes scarring in the eyes of babies and even loss of vision. Some of the symptoms are puffy eyes, red and thick discharge from eyes. The symptoms appear after 5 days from birth. This requires immediate treatment. Sometimes it is caused by antibiotic eye drops in babies. All eye conditions associated with babies must be treated by a paediatrician. When babies are old enough to touch toys with their hands, they can contract bacterial conjunctivitis. Antibiotic eye drops are used to treat this condition.
Grey baby syndrome:
Chloramphenicol is used to ease bacterial infection. It can get accumulated in infants and can cause grey baby syndrome, which is a serious complication. This drug is passed onto the baby when the mother is given this drug during labor.
It is caused by an allergic reaction to pollen or mould. It happens when the body’s immune system overreacts to something and becomes highly sensitive. The pollen may get into the eyes during a windy day. It is also caused during contact with animals, especially their saliva, urine or fur.
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