Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the mucous membrane of the eye that covers the inner surface of the eyelid.
The cause of this disease can serve a variety of viruses (herpes, measles, ARVI, influenza virus, etc.), bacteria (pneumococci, streptococci, staphylococcus, etc.).
At the first symptoms of the appearance of pus in front of the child should seek help from a doctor.
Types and differences of purulent eye diseases
As a rule, viral conjunctivitis oftenAccompanies influenza, ARVI or ARI. In a word, it arises as a consequence of an infectious disease. The source of this infection can be sinusitis, adenoiditis or tonsillitis. It is worth noting that with bacterial conjunctivitis, discharge from the eyes is purulent, and in viral - mucous. The appearance of conjunctivitis significantly increases if the child is ill with measles.
The most contagious and common is adenovirusconjunctivitis. Initially, the child's body temperature rises, headaches appear and appetite decreases. After the recession of temperature, the general condition seems to be improving. Then the body temperature rises again, and the eyes gradually turn red. The child may have a runny nose. With time, lymph nodes also increase. Adenoviral conjunctivitis is treated by instillation of "Poludan", interferon, by laying a 0.25% florenal or tebrofen ointment for the lower eyelid of the eye.
Staphylococcal or pneumococcal conjunctivitis,As a rule, are formed sharply. First, the disease affects one, then the second eye. There is a strong reddening of the eyes and strong purulent discharge.
Herpetic conjunctivitis differs appearanceAround the eyes and on the edges of the eyelids of characteristic vesicles. The child has photophobia and lacrimation. For treatment, experts recommend using anti-herpetic drug "Acyclovir".
In infants, the disease does not go the way it does in adults. Often a child's appetite and sleep are disturbed. Sometimes he becomes very moody and refuses even his favorite dishes.
In the morning, eyelids stick together, certain yellow crusts are formed. With conjunctivitis, the eyes are festering, possibly the appearance of lacrimation and photophobia.
Pay attention: when pulling the lower eyelid, redness and swelling of the conjunctiva are visible.
If there is any slightest change from the sideThe eyes of the baby should immediately seek advice from an ophthalmologist. After all, the cause can be inflammation of the deeper layers of the eye, an attack of glaucoma, or a ciliary in the eye. Only a qualified specialist can determine the true cause of the onset of the disease and prescribe the necessary treatment. Remember: do not self-medicate, as this can only lead to a worsening of the situation.