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How to avoid getting and spreading Pink eye (Conjunctivitis)

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By Dr Arpitha Rao, Consultant Ophthalmologist,

Pink eye is highly contagious

Pink eye in this season is mostly caused by adenovirus. It can be caused by several bacteria.

Symptoms

·         Redness and swelling

·         Watering and discharge

·         Grittiness and irritation

·         Itching and burning

·         Crusting of the eyelids and eyelashes

See your doctor

if you have pink eye or any of the following

·         Eye pain

·         Sensitivity to light or blurred vision

·         Eye redness

·         Worsening of the symptoms

·         Cloudiness of the cornea

·         A weakened immune system

·         Per existing eye conditions

Measures to Protect from pink eye

·         Keep your hands clean

·         Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes

·         No sharing of personal items like hand towels, soap and pillowcases

·         Disinfect the surfaces

·         Cover coughs and sneezes to prevent the spread of germs

·         Social distancing, avoid crowded places

·         Skip swimming

·         Avoid wearing contact lenses if you have pink eye

Taking care

·         Visit a doctor as soon as possible and take medications / precautions as advised.

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