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What is it?

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the thin, clear membrane that covers the white of the eye and inside surface of the eyelid. It can be caused by bacteria or viruses.

How do I know someone has it?

The eyes usually look pink and may discharge. This discharge may be watery, or thick with mucus and pus causing the eyelids to stick together. The person often complains of sticky eye, especially in the morning.

Viral conjunctivitis is normally characterize by sudden onset of pain or the feeling of dust in the eye. The eyelids are swollen and tender.

Infection may begin in only one eye but usually guickly spreads to involve both.

Is it infectious?

Yes, conjunctivitis is commonly spread from person to person by direct contact, or on hands, towels and washcloths.

Conjunctivitis is infectious as long as symptoms are present.

What is the incubation period?

Symptoms normally appear 12 hours to 3 days after contact with an infected person.

Is there any treatment?

Viral conjunctivitis can be treated with Ocuflash. If no improvement is seen within 48 hours from the beginning of application of Ocuflash, antibiotic eye drops should be considered by a doctor for bacterial conjunctivitis. Firstly wipe away any discharge with damp cotton wool.

What should I do if ma child has the illness?

Wash hands before, between and after touching eyes.

Discourage rubbing of the eye.

Use separate  bits of damp cotton wool to gently clean each eye as often as necessary.

Apply eye ointment or drops as prescribed by doctor

Do not share towels and washcloths.