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How to stop the march of conjunctivitis by Dr R Kumar CONJUNCTIVITIS is an inflammation of the conjunctiva -- the transparent membrane that lines your eyelids and a part of your eyeballs It may make you feel as though something is there in your eyes and you cant get it out When you are awake in the morning your eyes may seem to be pasted shut The whites of your eyes begin to look pinkish and you may not see as clearly as you did before In conjunctivitis inflammation causes small blood vessels in the conjunctiva to become more prominent resulting in a pinkish or reddish cast to the whites of your eyes In fact pink eye and red eye are the terms that are commonly used to refer to all types of conjunctivitis The viral type that is raging in the city is extremely contagious It should be diagnosed and treated early This is especially important for preschool-age children Keep hands away from the eye Do not consult a non-doctor for diagnosis or treatment of eye disease Bacterial infection may superimpose the viral infection and the two may co-exist The most common signs and symptoms of conjunctivitis include Redness in one or both eyes Itchiness in one or both eyes Blurred vision and sensitivity to light A gritty feeling in your eye Discharge in your eye that forms a crust during the night Pain in the affected eye Viral conjunctivitis may affect one or both eyes It usually produces a watery or mucous discharge Theyre also common among children and are very contagious Adults can be affected as well You may experience swelling of the membrane conjunctiva that lines your eyelids and a part of your eyeballs resulting in what may look like clear blisters on the whites of your eyes The most virulent and contagious type of conjunctivitis -- the one responsible for outbreaks in schools -- is called epidemic keratoconjunctivitis
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