We are still experiencing monsoon rains, and this is a time when different kind of bacterial and viral diseases take place, and one of the most common problems faced by children and adults at this time of the year is Conjunctivitis.
Conjunctivitis first starts in one eye and spreads to the other in one or two days. The spreading of the disease is caused by rubbing or touching the infected eye. The common cause of conjunctivitis can be any allergic substance, bacteria or virus. It is a contagious disease and monsoon is a trigger for this disease.
The common symptoms of conjunctivitis are redness of the eye, inflammation of the eye, itching and pain in the eye, and enlargement of lymph gland in front of the ears. The examination of the disease will be done by just a minor physical examination. The examination can also be done by taking a specimen of conjunctival scrapping this will determine the background of the infection weather it is caused virus or bacteria or by some other cause, reported the website naturalhomeremedies.
You can take some precautions for conjunctivitis to avoid sore eyes. If you are already infected with the infection then you should follow hygienic practices so that it won't worsen, and to minimize the discomfort. The precautions for conjunctivitis are as follows:
Don't touch your eyes without cleaning your eyes, wash your hands properly before touching your eyes with antibacterial solution and wipe it with tissue or paper towel, try to avoid using napkins to clean your hand.
Clean your eyes very carefully and don't rub them. If your eyes are already infected then don't touch the eyes repeatedly. Use a separate napkin to clean the infected eye and don't use that towel for cleaning the eye.
Use warm water and cotton ball to clean the eye. It will be better if you add a pinch of salt in the warm water which you are using to clean your eye.
Keep your surroundings clean, and use antibacterial solution or disinfectant to wipe the floor.
Don't take any OTC medication, consult your doctor and use only the prescribed antibiotic drops. Don't forget to check the expiry date on the bottle and follow the instructions and precautions given on the label.
If the conjunctivitis infection is caused due to virus, then antibiotic drops will not respond. For the viral infection you can use anti-inflammatory or antihistamine drops.
Conjunctivitis is a very contagious diseases, sneezing or coughing can spread this infection.
The home remedies for conjunctivitis are using a disinfectant soap, use the solution of honey to wash your eyes, have vitamin B2 and vitamin A rich meal, and try to provide soothing affect to the eyes. These minor remedies for conjunctivitis will help you a lot. If you don't find relief with these remedies then immediately consult your doctor for further treatment.