Conjunctivitis, viral

  • 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 and discharge from the eye that may be green and yellow or watery
  • Cause due to different types of viruses
  • Commonly spread by breathing in infected droplets from the air, contact with infected person or contaminated objects or water
  • May be highly contagious depending on type of virus
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age
  • May be mild to severe
  • Not life threatening

GENERAL THERAPY

  • Keep children away from school or daycare facilities
  • Children can be contagious for several days to as long as a week
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Remove contact lenses if you wear them
  • Apply warm compress to eyes
  • When cleaning eye, wipe from inside to outside
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Antihistamines
    • Diphenhydramine hydrochloride
    • Loratadine
    • Chlorpheniramine maleate
    • Brompheniramine Maleate
    • Cetirizine hydrochloride
    • Decongestants
    • Pseudoephedrine hydrochloride
    • Phenylephrine hydrochloride

 

PRECAUTIONS AND AVOIDANCES

  • 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
  • Eye pain that last for more than 24 hours or increases in severity
  • Sensitivity to light develops
  • Symptoms become more severe

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