Conjunctivitis

What Is It And How Can It Be Treated
Conjunctivitis is an eye condition caused by infection or allergies. It usually gets better in a couple of weeks without treatment

WHAT IS CONJUNCTIVITIS

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation or swelling of the conjunctiva. A viral or bacterial infection can cause conjunctivitis.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTONS OF CONJUNCTIVITIS?

Conjunctivitis is also known as red or pink eye. It usually affects both eyes and makes them bloodshot, burn or feel gritty, produce puss that stocks to lashes, itch or water more than usual.

IS CONJUNCTIVITIS CONTAGIOUS?

In some cases it can be contagious. Conjunctivitis that produces sticky pus is contagious. We recommed that you wash your hands regularly with warm soapy water and wash all pillows and face cloths is hot water and detergent.

LOOKING AFTER YOUR EYES

This short NHS video explains why your eye health is important and also provides handy lifestyle information on how to look after your eyes better.

TREATING CONJUNCTIVITIS

There are things you can do to help ease your symptoms. Such as, use clean cotton wool (one piece for each eye) Boil water and then let it cool down before you: Gently rub your eye lashes to clean off crusts. Hold a cold flannel on your eyes for a few minutes to cool them down.

STOP INFECTION SPREADING

If you have contagious conjunctivitis we recommend that you do not wear contact lenses until your eyes are better, dont share towles and pillows and refrain from rubbing your eyes.

MEDICATION FOR CONJUNCTIVITIS

Speak to a pharmacist about conjunctivitis. They can give you advice and suggest eye drops or antihistamines to help with your symptoms.

URGENT TREATMENT FOR CONJUNCTIVITIS

In an emergency we recommend that you see your GP immidiatley if you have pain in your eyes, sensitivity to light (photophobia), changes in your vision, like wavy lines or flashing, intense redness in one eye or both eyes. These can be signs of a more serious eye problem.

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