Bacterial Conjunctivitis

WHAT IS IT?

Bacterial conjunctivitis is usually moderate to severe eye infection cause by bacteria that infect the eye through various sources of contamination. The bacteria can spread through contact with an infected individual, exposure to contaminated surfaces or through other means such as sinus of ear infections. It is more common in children.

WHAT CAUSES IT?

Common types of bacteria . Bacterial conjunctivitis usually produces a thick pussy discharge, and can affect one or both eyes. Usually children (or adults regularly in contact with young children) are infected by a different strain of bacteria than adults. Although both are easy to treat, they may require different medications.

TREATMENT

As with any bacterial infection, antibiotics are required to eliminate the bacteria. Using the drops or ointment prescribed for one to two weeks will usually result in clearing of the infection. Mild cases of bacterial conjunctivitis are self-limiting and should resolve spontaneously in about 5 days. This will resolve much more rapidly with the help of antibiotic drops.

It is important to observe careful hygiene tips while suffering from conjunctivitis:

  • Wash hands regularly and always after touching eyes
  • Avoid touching other eye
  • Don’t share towels or face washers with other family members
  • Change pillow cases daily
  • Don’t share cosmetics or eye drops