Herpes Viral Conjunctivitis

When a patient has herpes viral conjunctivitis they may complain that their eye is red, burning and itching. Their eye may have a full sensation, be scratchy and feel as if something is in it. Also they may see watering and a yellow discharge that can crust on the eyelashes while they sleep, often causing them to be unable to open their eyes when they wake. Different types of conjunctivitis have different symptoms.

Herpes viral conjunctivitis is most notably associated with the tearing of the eyes and upper respiratory symptoms. To help clear up herpes viral conjunctivitis prescription eye drops will need to be given. Anaesthetic drops will help to relieve the symptoms. Cold compresses done every couple of hours will also help. Also there needs to be a topical vasoconstrictor prescribed that is used every three to four hours but they should only be used for a few days.

This will help clear the inflammation and redness by constricting the blood vessels in the eye. If no improvement is seen within two days of the beginning of treatment then the patient should return to the doctor. Personal hygiene is vital because herpes viral conjunctivitis is highly contagious. Hands should be washed often and kept away from the eyes. Also any clothes, pillow cases or towels used should be laundered immediately.

Infected eyes should not be patched because this can keep the eye from naturally flushing itself out with the tearing. Other types of conjunctivitis have steroids as a treatment if all else fails but should only be done under close medical supervision. If it is a viral conjunctivitis caused by the herpes simplex, however, steroids should not be used at all. Most viral conjunctivitis cases will simply fix itself on its own and all a patient can do is try to relieve the symptoms while they wait for it to clear up.

Also they should avoid other people as much as possible since it is highly contagious. Children with viral conjunctivitis should be kept home from school until it is all clear. If it is not completely cleared up within two weeks though, a doctor should be seen. If herpes viral conjunctivitis is left untreated for too long when it is severe, it can cause permanent eye damage and blurring. It can also lead to the patient having a permanent sensation of a foreign object in the eye and pain.

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