Symptoms of Conjunctivitis

The following features are indicative of Conjunctivitis:
  • redness
  • itchiness
  • gritty feeling
  • discharge that forms a crust during the night
  • tearing

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Common Causes of Conjunctivitis

The following are the most common causes of Conjunctivitis:
  • viral infections
  • bacterial infections
  • allergies
  • chemical splash in the eye
  • foreign object in the eye

Risk Factors for Conjunctivitis

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Conjunctivitis:
  • exposure to something for which person have an allergy
  • exposure to someone infected with the viral or bacterial form of conjunctivitis
  • use of contact lenses

Prevention of Conjunctivitis

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Conjunctivitis. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • wash hands regularly
  • do not rub the eyes with infected hands
  • apply a warm washcloth to the eyelids for 1 to 2 minutes after awakening
  • keep eye tools clean
  • wear protective eyewear

Occurrence of Conjunctivitis

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Conjunctivitis cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Conjunctivitis can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Conjunctivitis can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Conjunctivitis

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Conjunctivitis:
  • Eye examination: To diagnose eye infections and their causes
  • Patch test: To detect the causative allergen

Doctor for Diagnosis of Conjunctivitis

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Conjunctivitis:
  • Ophthalmologist

Complications of Conjunctivitis if untreated

Yes, Conjunctivitis causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Conjunctivitis is left untreated:
  • corneal ulcers
  • blindness

Self-care for Conjunctivitis

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Conjunctivitis:
  • Apply a compress to eyes: Give soothing effects
  • Use eye drops: Relieves the symptoms
  • Avoid eye drops for red eye
  • Stop wearing contact lenses:Stop wearing them until the eyes get better

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Conjunctivitis

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Conjunctivitis:
  • Acupuncture: Gives relief from disease symptoms
  • Herbal remedy: Produces healing effect

Time for Treatment of Conjunctivitis

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Conjunctivitis to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 1 - 4 weeks

Is Conjunctivitis Infectious?

Yes, Conjunctivitis is known to be infectious. It can spread across people via the following means:
  • contact with infected person
  • contaminated objects or water

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Conjunctivitis.
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