If you got #conjunctivitis

With our sweetheart
With our sweetheart

As the subject read, if you ever got infected with the conjunctivitis, please do not treat it likely.

Look at me, I did not take it likely but I took it less seriously, by thinking it could be a few days kind of thing.  Obviously I should have really taken it really seriously, like damn serious. 

Let’s get into it.

First of all.  See a qualified ophthalmologist whom is specialised in the branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders.  I met one, then I met another.  

There are few types of conjunctivitis, from viral, hygiene to allergy.  So, ask the first question to the ophthalmologist this – what exactly did you catch on?

Viral conjunctivitis can be caused by the following viruses, with adenoviruses being the most common cause:

  • Adenoviruses
  • Picornaviruses, such as enterovirus 70 and coxsackievirus A24
  • Rubella virus
  • Rubeola (measles) virus
  • Herpesviruses, including 
    • Herpes simplex virus
    • Varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox and shingles
    • Epstein-Barr virus, which also causes infectious mononucleosis (mono)

Viral conjunctivitis is highly contagious. Most viruses that cause conjunctivitis are spread through hand-to-eye contact by hands or objects that are contaminated with the infectious virus. Hands can become contaminated by coming in contact with infectious tears, eye discharge, fecal matter, or respiratory discharges.

Taken from CDC, US.

As shared, the viral conjunctivitis is highly contagious.  So you will need to have really good hygiene throughout the infection period, which includes the hand hygiene, the bedroom, washroom, common areas etc.

It is not that hard for me to familiarise with hygiene since I have learn much from the campaigns I have worked on.

Asked the next question, how you got it?

Think back what you have gone through and done.  People you have been in touch with.  I used the public transport one day and when I forgot to wash my hands, I may have touched my eyes or rub my eyes.  Well, painful experience.

Insists to the ophthalmologist that you need your temperature check, your throat and respiratory track check too.  When the medical professional goes with experience but not the thorough examination, often proper diagnosis may have been delayed or never.

So, insists on the above.

If you have fever and sore throat etc, you need to go on antibiotic.  There is no other way faster to cure conjunctivitis.

Ok, by the way, the antibiotic does not cure the sore eyes, you need the antibiotic eye drops as well as eye drops which contain steroid to cure or prevent the sore eyes from getting worse.

Clean your hands often, wash them before and after applying the eye drops.

When the sore eyes itch, which will very much, wash your hands if you may have rubbed your eyes.

So, now you will ask, if it is viral conjunctivitis, how long does it take to heal?

From the CDC as well ophthalmologist description, it could take up to 20 days.

Yep, highly countered productive.

But, well, life lesson which we can’t run away from.

Life is not fair, yep, it is.  Never to be.


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