What is conjunctivitis?
The conjunctiva is a thin gel-like layer that covers the eye white and is also underneath the eye lids. Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva, and can cause a pink or red eye, and the discomfort can be mild to painful. It can result in itchiness in the eye, and a watery or gunky discharge, sometimes sticky. It is advised not to wear contact lenses if one has conjunctivitis, or any other type of red eye.
What is the treatment for conjunctivitis?
The treatment depends on the type of conjunctivitis. Quite often, no treatment is required and the condition will self-heal. Action may be required in severe cases. Antibiotic drops will be needed in bacterial conjunctivitis and anti-allergy drops in allergic conjunctivitis. Viral conjunctivitis will clear by itself, and irritant conjunctivitis, caused by dust or shampoo for example, will resolve as soon as the irritant is washed out.
With the different types of conjunctivitis and so many eye drops available for it, always consult your eye care practitioner before using any eye drops.
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