How To Stay Protected From The Epidemic Of Conjunctivitis

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Conjunctivitis, commonly referred to as pink-eye syndrome is an inflammation of conjunctiva of the eye, which causes ocular blood vessels to give a bulged out appearance. The infection has multitude of causes ranging from like bacterial, viral or chlamydial contamination, allergies or dryness. Conjunctivitis is contagious and hence prevention measures become imperative if someone in your work place or home suffers from the same.


Following are a few tips which will help you protect yourself from conjunctivitis when people around you have a pink eye.

  • Wash your hands before and after meeting the person infected.
  • Do not touch the eye of the infected person, or avoid close contact as much as possible.
  • Avoid touching things which the patient has touched with their hands.
  • Avoid sharing personal belongings.
  • If you do share things, wash hands, scrubbing properly for sufficient time.


Watch the following link to know about WHO approved hand washing technique.


If you are suffering from conjunctivitis, follow the below mentioned measures to prevent contamination.


  • Wash your hands well with warm water and soap. In case there ain’t any soap, use a hand sanitizer.
  • It is a must to wash your hands before and after you apply eye drops or ointment to your infected eye.
  • To prevent infection from spreading to the other eye, avoid rubbing or touching your eye.
  • Wash the pillow cases, towels, sheets and worn cloths regularly in hot water with a good quality detergent.
  • After washing the clothes, wash hands with soap again.
  • Use a clean cotton ball or soft cloth to wipe the discharge from your eye. Post usage, discard the cotton ball or wash the cloth with hot water.
  • If you wear contact lenses you will have to stop using them until your doctor recommends.
  • Try not to share your personal items such as pillows, towel, eye makeup, face makeup or make up brushes, washcloths, hand towels etc.
  • Wear clean eyeglasses.
  • Swimming pools is a big no!


Usually conjunctivitis involves everyone in the family. People in workplaces too suffer the infection together because of the fact that it can be communicated easily. To ensure that conjunctivitis does not take form of an epidemic, follow the above mentioned techniques.

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