Unravelling conjunctivitis


What is Conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the outer layer of the eye and inside of the eyelid, which causes your eye to turn pink.  There are three main types of conjunctivitis, namely, allergic, bacterial and viral.  It’s sometimes difficult to tell them apart, so it’s recommended you see your doctor so it can be treated correctly.  Some conjunctivitis can occur due to dryness and/or a foreign matter in the eye.  If you have conjunctivitis some symptoms you might have include:

  • Itchy or burning eyes
  • Excessive tears
  • A yellow or green discharge
  • Swelling of the eyelids
  • Low tolerance to sunlight

Causes of

Allergic conjunctivitis is usually caused by pollen, dust or chemicals, hair/dead skin cells from animals or cosmetics.  Bacterial conjunctivitis is caused by bacteria and is highly contagious.  Viral conjunctivitis is caused by a virus and is also highly contagious and is sometimes accompanied by a cold or flu symptoms.  You can develop conjunctivitis if you come in contact with discharge from the eyes, nose or throat of an infected person, or with contaminated fingers or objects.

Prevention and Treatment

There are some simple things you can do to prevent, or at least manage, the onset of conjunctivitis.  This includes:

  • Protect your eyes from wind and sun by wearing sunglasses
  • Avoid wearing contact lenses if you have conjunctivitis
  • If the eyedrops you are using causes your eyes to sting talk to your pharmacist
  • Don’t share face cloths, towels or eye drops
  • Once used, dispose of tissues carefully
  • Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes
  • Wash your hands frequently

Need Further Help?

Chemistworks is committed to the ongoing good health and wellbeing of its customers.  If you would like advice about managing conjunctivitis, come and talk to one our friendly staff at a store near you.