Conjunctivitis, acute hemorrhagic

  • Viral infection that results in inflammation of the outer covering of the eye and the inner lining of the eyelids
  • Symptoms may include redness and swelling of the eye and eyelids, yellow or green discharge from the eye, light sensitivity and eye pain that occurs suddenly
  • Infection spreads very easily from person-to-person by direct contact
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age but most common in ages 10 years and under
  • May be mild to severe

GENERAL THERAPY

  • No treatment available
  • Self-limited process
  • Usually lasts 5-7 days
  • Warm compresses to affected eye
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Naphcon-A
    • Opcon-A

 

PRECAUTIONS AND AVOIDANCES

  • Avoid anyone with infection
  • Avoid rubbing eye
  • Avoid touching eyes
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Use clean towels daily
  • Discard cosmetics
  • Avoid using anyone else’s cosmetics or eye-care items
  • Change pillowcases frequently

 

SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IF

  • You wear contact lens
  • You develop a rash, fever, body aches, sore throat or any other symptom associated with a viral infection

 

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