How to Prevent Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis, also called pink high, is an extremely contagious disease of the eye that is commonly found in children. There are some simple things you can do to help prevent conjunctivitis. Good hygiene is the first step to preventing the spread of conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis can be spread from eye to eye when the itching associated with it causes the sufferer to rub it. When the hand is used to touch the other eye, it will not become infected.

This is also how it is spread from person to person. When the suffered scratches their eye and then touch surfaces, such as door knobs, then someone else comes along and touches the surface, then their eye, they too will get conjunctivitis. This is because most conjunctivitis is caused by a virus or bacteria that are highly contagious in nature. If you have conjunctivitis it is vital that you stay away from other people until it is cleared up.

If you know someone who has conjunctivitis, avoid them until it is clear. If you must be around someone who has conjunctivitis do not touch items that may be infected such as washcloths, towels, pillowcases, bedding and any other item that may have come in contact with their eyes. Be sure to wash your hands often and keep them away from your own eyes as much as possible. Children who have conjunctivitis should not share any of their toys or other play items nor should uninfected children be allowed to play with items from an infected child.

All bedding and as many toys as possible should be thoroughly sterilized before anyone uses them again. For adults, do not ever share cosmetics, especially eye make-up with others. It is possible that they can have the virus or bacteria present in their eye and just not have symptoms yet. This includes make-up sample at cosmetic counters. The virus and bacteria can live in makeup and on surfaces for a very long time.

If you do contract conjunctivitis you will need to throw out all your cosmetics and replace them with new ones that are not used until you are sure you are completely free of the conjunctivitis virus or bacteria. If you do not you may just re-infect yourself the next time you apply your make-up. Contact lenses as well as their cases should also be thrown out. While it may be possible to disinfect them, it is better to just start fresh and not risk the chance of re-infection.

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