Conjunctivitis : Multiple Cases
Amid heavy rainfall in Delhi and nearby areas over the past few weeks, multiple cases of conjunctivitis are being reported in the National Capital Region.
- Conjunctivitis, commonly known as Pink Eye, is an infection or inflammation of the transparent membrane that covers the eyelid and eyeball.
- This membrane is called the conjunctiva.
- When small blood vessels in the conjunctiva become swollen and irritated, they’re more visible.
- This is what causes the whites of the eyes to appear reddish or pink.
- It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or by allergies.
- Both bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are highly contagious, while allergic conjunctivitis is not.
- It usually occurs through direct or indirect contact.
- Direct transmission happens through droplets from the cough or sneeze of an infected person or through hand-to-eye contact.
- Indirectly, it can spread via shared personal items like towels, makeup, pillows or contact lenses.
- Most common signs are redness, swelling and itching in the eyes.
- The eyes can also feel watery during the start of the flu.
- For the treatment of conjunctivitis, one needs to use a combination of medicines.
- One of the most useful treatments is using artificial tears or even any lubricating eye drops; these can help the infected person to maintain moisture.