Conjunctivitis (pink eye) is an infection caused on the front surface of the eye – in the outer membrane of our eyeball, It makes the eye a little bit pink or reddish and causes burning, itchiness in the eyes. Conjunctiva is a thin membrane that covers the white layer of the eyes, when blood vessels within the conjunctiva get inflamed it causes Conjunctivitis or pink eyes.
Symptoms of Conjunctivitis
- Pink or red shaded eyes.
- Eyes itchiness.
- Intense itching and increased tears in eyes.
- Gritty feeling in eyes
- Slight blurring of vision.
What are the Causes of Conjunctivitis or pink eyes?
Bacteria and Allergies:
Conjunctivitis caused by viruses or bacteria that causes common cold and fever. Bacterial Conjunctivitis can easily transmit from one person to another by touch. Eye irritants such as dust, pollen, and animal dander can cause allergic Conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis caused by bacteria can cause serious damage to the eye if left untreated.
If chemical splashes in your eyes can cause Conjunctivitis, Rinsing your eyes with water is a simple and effective way to get relaxation from Chemical Conjunctivitis.
Viral Conjunctivitis can occur with symptoms of a cold flu or other respiratory infections.
Allergic Conjunctivitis occurs in both eyes and can cause an itchy nose, sneezing a scratchy throat, or asthma.
How to Prevent transmission of Conjunctivitis?
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Don’t share your cosmetics such as eyeliner or Mascara, with other people.
- Use a separate towel and wash your clothes daily.
- Avoid rubbing or touching your eyes.
- Before showering, remove your contact lenses to avoid trapping bacteria between your eyes and the lenses.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.
Conjunctivitis and Covid -19
Is conjunctivitis can be a Symptom of Covid-19?
Yes, as per resent study of doctors during Covid -19 Pandemic, Conjunctivitis can also be one of a Symptom of Covid-19 Disease but is considered as a Less Common Symptom of the Covid-19, which means Conjunctivitis can also be a normally found disease.
About Symptoms of Covid-19 about 1% to 3% of people may see symptoms of Conjunctivitis, which happens when Viral infection damages eye conjunctiva tissues and we can see red or pink eye color.
But conjunctivitis can also seen in normal cough, cold, fever. Also it can be appear with stress on eyes or any external infection. So, there is no need of panicking by just finding Conjunctivitis because it is not a lone symptom of Covid-19. It is always better to consult with expert doctor in-case of finding any such symptoms.
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