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Conjunctivitis, commonly known as
pink eye, is an infection of the
conjunctiva (the outer-most layer of the
eye that covers the sclera).
The three most common types of conjunctivitis
are: viral, allergic, and bacterial. The
viral type is often associated with an upper
respiratory tract infection, cold, or sore throat.
The signs and symptoms of viral conjunctivitis
are : watery discharge, irritation, red eye.
Infection usually begins with one eye, but may
spread easily to the fellow eye.
The allergic type occurs more frequently among
those with allergic conditions. The signs and
symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis are: usually
affects both eyes, itching, tearing, swollen
Bacterial conjunctivitis is often caused by
bacteria such as staphylococcus and streptococcus.
The signs and symptoms of bacterial
conjunctivitis are: stringy moderate to large
amount of discharge (pus) which are caused by
bacteria , usually yellow or greenish in color
that may cause the lids to stick together,
especially after sleeping; swelling of the
conjunctiva, redness, tearing, irritation and/or
a gritty feeling, usually affects only one eye,
but may spread easily to the fellow eye.
Conjunctivitis is diagnosed during a routine
eye exam using a slit lamp microscope. In some
cases, cultures are taken to determine the type of
bacteria causing the infection.
Conjunctivitis requires medical attention.
The appropriate treatment depends on the cause of
the problem. To avoid spreading infection,
take these simple steps: disinfect surfaces such
as doorknobs and counters with diluted bleach
solution, donot swim (some bacteria can be spread
in the water), avoid touching the face, wash hands
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