Conjunctivitis, bacterial

  • Inflammation of the white of the eye due to a bacterial infection
    Symptoms may include swelling and redness of the eye and eye discharge
    Spread by contact with infected person or contaminated objects or water
    Can be highly contagious depending on the type of bacteria
    Not life threatening

  • Keep children away from school or daycare facilities
  • Children can be contagious for several days and sometimes up to a week
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Apply warm compress to eyes
  • When cleaning eye, wipe from inside to outside
  • Avoid wearing contacts until infection is cured
  • Avoid wearing eye makeup
  • Do not share eye makeup
  • Do not share contact lens equipment, containers and solutions
  • Throw away any old makeup
  • Do not share towels, linens or pillows
  • Wear eye protection when in wind, heat, cold or around chemicals

 

SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IF

  • You have decreased vision
  • Blurred vision develops
  • You have eye pain that last for more than 24 hours or increases in severity
  • Sensitivity to light develops

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