Giant papillary conjunctivitis:
This type of conjunctivitis is related to contact lens wear and it occurs on the inside of eyelids. It occurs by built up of bacteria in the contact lenses, especially soft lenses which are not disposed properly.
Dry eye conjunctivitis:
This is one of the most common eye conditions. It is redness which drives most of the patients to undergo treatment for dry eyes. It is important to manage the redness and inflammation associated with dry eyes.
This condition is caused by irritants such as smoke, cosmetic ingredients, chlorine in swimming pools. Unclean contact lens solution can also cause conjunctivitis and so does chemical splash. It is also caused by prolonged exposure and usage of eye drops. Medicamentosa is the term used to describe this eye inflammation type. Sometimes decongestant drugs can also cause inflammation in eyes. Toxic eye drops is also known to cause conjunctivitis. Preservatives present in the eye drops also pose danger to the eyes.
Conjunctival infection is also caused by gonorrhea, herpes virus, Chlamydia etc. these are caused by bacteria and needs to be treated immediately, as it can cause bacterial conjunctivitis. Gonorrhea is also known to cause bacterial infection and can lead to blindness if not treated properly. The bacteria are also able to penetrate the cornea and cause other conditions.
It is important to diagnose accurately what type of conjunctivitis it is before starting any treatment. Many of the conditions show same symptoms and so it is important for correct diagnosis. Conjunctivitis is treated by antibiotics, but it is recommended to use them without preservatives. Most viral conjunctivitis go away on their own and do not need any specific treatment. Bacterial conjunctivitis is treated with antibiotic eye drops or ointment. Oral medication is also prescribed sometimes. Chemical conjunctivitis is to be treated immediately. The eyes should be washed for five minutes in running water. Ointments are also prescribed. Steroid drops are used to ease severe inflammation. Regular cold compress also provides some relief to the eyes.
Do not touch or rub the eyes. If it is present in one eye, by rubbing, it can spread to another eye. Wash hands before applying ointment with soap and water. After cleaning eyelids, wash your hands regularly. Do not wear contact lenses till the condition becomes normal. If you are a glass wearer, clean them regularly with a neat cloth. Do not share personal belongings like towels; make up sets with anyone, if you are affected with this condition.
It is not necessary to get worried by the condition and not to take it serious. The condition will go on its own. Some of the complications are cellulitis, meningitis, otitis media, pneumonia etc.
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