CONJUNCTIVITIS
Description


 
  Symptoms
Cough Ear - lymph glands swollen Eyes - burning
Eyes - irritated Eyes - itching Eyes - pain
Eyes - redness Eyes - sensitivity to light Eyes - swelling
Eyes - watery Eyes - yellow pus-like discharge Fever
Head - ache Nose - runny Sneezing
Throat - sore Vision - blurred  
  Description
Conjunctivitis, also called pinkeye or pink eye, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the transparent membrane that lines the eyelid and covers the eyeball. Conjunctivitis usually goes away on its own in about a week or two.

Classification is usually based on the causes:

• Viral - is the leading cause. It is highly contagious. .Adenoviruses are the commonly responsible for the infection. Pruritus is common. A clear, watery discharge is typical.

• Bacterial - Staphylococcal and streptococcal species are the most common pathogens. Moderate to large amount of discharge, usually yellow or greenish in color.

• Chlamydial - is very common in Africa and Middle Eastern countries. Occasional pruritus. The 90% of women with chlamydial eye infections have associated genital infections.

• Chemical - caused when any irritating substance like spray, smoke, foreign objects, etc., enters the eyes.

• Allergy agents - usually accompanied by intense itching, tearing, and swelling of the eye and may be accompanied by other typical allergy symptoms such as sneezing or itchy nose.

• Giant Papillary - mainly in contact lens wearers who develop symptoms of increasing intolerance to contact use.

• Fungal.

• Parasitic.

• Toxic.

Persistent conjunctivitis can be a sign of an underlying illness in the body.
  
Bacterial pink eye - Esagil.org                                             Bacterial pink eye on a child.




The eyes also can be affected by the so called "subconjunctival hemorrhage". A condition originated when the tiny blood vessels covering the whites of the eyes rupture showing a bright redness color. It is usually caused from trauma or abnormal pressure within the head and is generally harmless.
   Diagnosis
Conjunctivitis can be diagnosed after an accurate exam of the eyes. However, doctors may arrange a swab test from the infected eye to determine the causes.
   More information:
Conjunctivitis Treatment
Conjunctivitis Healthcare Centers
 

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