Tuesday, July 22, 2008

How Can You Prevent Conjunctivitis?

As we know “Prevention is better than cure”, so is true with conjunctivitis prevention. Doctors typically advise patients to practice good hygiene in order to manage the spreading of the disease. So it is really important that you maintain good hygiene once you are diagnosed with conjunctivitis. These prevention methods are as follows –

  • Avoid frequent touching of the eyes. If you continuously touch your eyes, chances of spreading significantly increase.
  • You must keep your hand clean and always wear clean clothing.
  • Do not forget to wash your towel and washcloth on a regular basis. Use mild but sterilized soap to cleanse your towel and washcloth.
  • Do not forget to change your pillow covers often. It is better if you can change them either on a daily basis or at least on each alternative day.
  • Do not apply eye any cosmetics such as eye liner or mascara. Better you try to avoid using them for next couple of months, if possible, even after the symptoms of conjunctivitis disappear.
  • If you wear contact lenses, you should consult doctor prior doing the same.
If it is your child who is suffering from conjunctivitis, do not allow your child to mix with other children during these infectious days. Otherwise, it will significantly increase the risk for other children.

It may be possible that the newborn develops this problem. In such a case, bacteria are typically present within the birth canal of the mother. Although these bacteria do not do any harm to the mother, they put serious threat to the newborns. Once diagnosed, it needs immediate medical attention before it is too late. If left untreated, the eyesight of the baby may get permanently damaged.