Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva of the eye. The conjunctiva consists of the membrane that lines the inside of the eye and also a thin membrane that covers the actual eye.

The symptoms of conjunctivitis are runny, itchy and watering eyes, swelling of the eyelids and a stringy yellowish or white discharge from the eye ducts. They eye may appear swollen and blood shot. The dried tears, pus and other secretions often crust on the lids or at the corners of the eyes.

As the infected membrane is often filled with pus, the eyelids are apt to stick together after being closed for an extended period of time. This can make it difficult to open your eyes in the morning.

The Causes of Conjunctivitis

There are many causes of conjunctivitis including allergies, bacteria, viruses and herpes

If the inflammation is by the conjunctivitis virus known as Pink Eye then be aware that it is highly contagious. If you are infected, avoid sharing linens (especially pillow cases and towels) with anyone else and be sure to wash your hands frequently

Cigarette smoke, chlorine fumes and contaminated contact lense solutions also known causes of conjunctivitis. Avoid smoke and wear goggles if you find your eyes are sensitive to chlorine fumes emanating from cleaning products, or avoid products with caffiene altogether.

Contact lens wearers can contract it if they do not bother to clean their lenses as instructed. Throw out any contact lens solution that may have been in use while you have the condition.

Self-Care and Coping Strategies

There is no cure for conjunctivitis. The symptoms are managed with over the counter eye drop medications. You may be prescribed antibiotics if it does not clear up within four days.

Applying hot compresses to the eye several times a day may help with the symptoms of conjunctivitis. Many of the microorganisms that cause conjunctivitis cannot tolerate heat.

Applying hot or cold compresses to the eye several times a day may help with the symptoms of conjunctivitis. If pain or blurred vision occurs seek medical attention immediately.

Conjunctivitis usually clears up within three to ten days. If the conjunctivitis is due to allergies the physician may prescribe antihistamines, however, a good route to take to avoid further infections is to be tested for allergies to help to determine what allergen is causing the chronic conjuctivitis in the first.

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