Causes and Treatment:
There are many different causes and types of conjunctivitis, each containing unique treatment plans.
Viral conjunctivitis is often associated with colds or respiratory infection, such as a sore throat. It usually produces a watery discharge, and variable itch. The virus generally begins with one eye, but often spreads to the other. Viral conjunctivitis is highly contagious, so it is very important to limit contact with others when infected, and refrain from touching or itching your eyes. There is no treatment for most cases of viral conjunctivitis, although antiviral medication may be an option if Dr. LAST NAME determines that the case is caused by herpes simplex virus. Usually, the symptoms will gradually clear on their own after about 2-
Bacterial conjunctivitis is also associated with respiratory infections and colds. Its symptoms include thick, green-
Allergic conjunctivitis is a response to an allergy-
Chemical conjunctivitis generally occurs when the eye comes in contact with a chemical splash or foreign object and must be flushed. Irritation from the flushing can cause inflammation and redness, which usually clears up on its own within about a day.
When infected with contagious viral and bacterial conjunctivitis, good hygiene must be practiced to control the spread. For example, you should use clean towels and washcloths daily, and never share. Washing your hands, not touching your face, and throwing out cosmetics should also be practiced to prevent further spread and contamination. In order to avoid reoccurring allergic conjunctivitis, determining the trigger and keeping your distance from it can eliminate symptoms.