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Conjunctivitis: Know 5 Important Prevention Tips

Dr. Shilpi Gang In Conjunctivities

Jun 20, 2023 | 2 min read

Conjunctivitis, also known as “pink eye” is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the clear membrane that covers the white part of the eye and lines the inner surface of the eyelids. Viruses, bacteria, allergens, or irritants can cause it.

Here are five important prevention tips to help avoid conjunctivitis:

  • Practice Good Hygiene: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially before touching your eyes or face. Avoid rubbing your eyes, as this can introduce germs and irritants. If you do touch your eyes, be sure to wash your hands immediately afterward.
  • Avoid Sharing Personal Items: Do not share towels, washcloths, pillowcases, or makeup with others, as these items can easily spread infections. Sharing personal items increases the risk of transmitting bacteria or viruses that can cause conjunctivitis.
  • Practice Respiratory Hygiene: If you or someone around you has a respiratory infection (e.g., cold, flu), cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when sneezing or coughing. This helps prevent the spread of germs that can lead to conjunctivitis.
  • Maintain Clean Contact Lenses: If you wear contact lenses, follow proper hygiene guidelines. Wash your hands thoroughly before handling your lenses, and clean and disinfect them according to your eye doctor’s recommendations. Do not wear contact lenses if your eyes feel irritated or are infected.
  • Avoid Allergens and Irritants: If you are prone to allergic conjunctivitis, try to identify and avoid allergens that trigger your symptoms. Keep windows closed during high pollen seasons, use air purifiers, and avoid rubbing your eyes if you come into contact with potential irritants.

Remember that prevention is key, but if you develop symptoms such as redness, itching, tearing, discharge, or discomfort in your eyes, it’s important to seek medical attention. Only a healthcare professional can accurately diagnose the cause of your symptoms and recommend appropriate treatment.

Please note that these prevention tips are general guidelines and may not cover all possible scenarios or individual circumstances. It’s always a good idea to consult with a healthcare provider or an eye care professional for personalized advice and recommendations.

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Dr. Shilpi Gang

MBBS (GOLD MEDALIST), MD (AIIMS, NEW DELHI), FRCS (ENGLAND), FELLOW OF ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS, GLASGOW, U.K.

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