Conjunctivitis is considered to be one of the most common eye diseases.
The cause of inflammation of the conjunctiva? The mucous membrane of the eye? Can be a viral or bacterial infection, as well as an allergy.
Despite the similarity of symptoms, each of the forms of conjunctivitis is treated differently.
Symptoms of conjunctivitis
Depending on the cause of conjunctivitis, the course of the disease may be very different. However, there are general symptoms, according to which the diagnosis is made:
- redness of eyelids and conjunctiva-
- discharge from the eye (mucous or purulent) -
- edema of the eyelid
- the sensation of a foreign body (sand) in the eyes-
- pain and burning sensation in the eyes-
- itching in the eyes.
Often, the listed symptoms are joinedHeadache and runny nose. In severe cases, the temperature may rise, there may be pinpoint hemorrhage in the eyes. No matter how many of the symptoms listed are present, it is important to see a doctor who can determine the cause of the illness and prescribe the right treatment.
Conjunctivitis of viral and bacterial origin is contagious, and therefore, when symptoms of the disease appear, contact should be limited and the rules of personal hygiene should be carefully observed.
Treatment of conjunctivitis
There are several ways to treat conjunctivitis. If the cause of the disease is a bacterial infection, you can use antibacterial ointments (tetracycline, neomycin, erythromycin) or eye drops with antibiotics (Albutide, Vigamox, Tebridex, etc.). Viral conjunctivitis is well helped by washing the eyes with interferon. The procedure should be at least 6 times a day. Since the infection in most cases quickly spreads from the patient's eyes to healthy, it is necessary to wash both eyes. You need to do this with different cotton plates.
When allergic conjunctivitis is important quicklyIdentify the allergen and exclude contact with it. The disease itself can be treated with antihistamines (Zirtek, Claritin, Suprastin, etc.) and eye drops with cortisone.
Regardless of the form of the disease, conjunctivitis should be treated for at least 7-10 days. Otherwise, the disease can recur even after a short-term improvement or go into a chronic form.
Both children and adults will not be harmed by immunostimulating drugs. They will accelerate recovery and help you to recover after the illness.
To facilitate the state, you can not onlyBury in the eyes prescribed by the doctor drops, but also apply to the eyelids cold compresses (soaked in cool water wadded disks, wrapped in a towel ice). Cold helps to get rid of itching, reduces eyelid swelling and eliminates redness.