Beware! Diseased Red Eye Very Contagious?

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Beware. Disease. Eyes. Red. Yang. Very. Contagious?

Conjunctivitis or what is commonly called pinkeye or red eye can be worrying, because it can make eyes very red and infect very quickly.
This condition is caused by inflammation of the conjunctiva or a clear membrane covering the white part of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelid.

This eye disease can be caused by bacteria and viruses that are responsible for flu and other infections, including ear infections, sinus infections and sore throats, and are the same type of bacteria that cause chlamydia and gonorrhea, two sexually transmitted diseases.
In addition, pinkeye can also be caused by allergies and this tends to occur more often in children who also have other allergic conditions. Triggers for allergic conjunctivitis include grass, pollen, animal dander and mites.
Sometimes, a substance in the environment can also irritate the eye and cause infectious eye diseases, such as chemicals or air pollutants (smoke and dust). Pinkeye can occur in newborns Newborn babies can also contract pinkeye and this can develop into more serious eye disorders, if not treated immediately.
Usually, mothers who suffer from sexually transmitted diseases have the risk of transmitting the virus to the eyes of newborn babies.
To prevent this, the doctor will give antibiotic ointments or eye drops to all babies immediately after birth.
But at times, this treatment causes mild chemical conjunctivitis, which usually goes away on its own. If known earlier, the doctor will immediately give treatment to pregnant women who suffer from sexually transmitted diseases, to prevent the spread of infection to the baby.
The symptoms of pinkeye depend on the type. One of the most common symptoms is that the eyes feel sore and uncomfortable like sand and the color of the eyes becomes very red.
In addition, excess fluid also comes out causing both eyelids tightly closed. Meanwhile, in cases of allergic conjunctivitis, itchy and runny eyes are a common symptom.
Pinkeye can be transmitted through direct contact with patients or with objects exposed to viruses from sufferers such as tissues or towels.
In fact, this eye disease can be transmitted from one eye to another by rubbing or touching an infected eye, then touching another eye.
For prevention, make it a habit to wash your hands well and use soap. Avoid sharing eye drops, towels or pillowcases with other family members who are experiencing pinkeye. In addition, wash towels, sheets, and pillowcases that are infected with hot water and separate from those that are not infected.

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