Rains and increased risk of conjunctivitis
Monsoon, the favourite season is here. While it brings a temporary relief from the scorching heat, it also tags along the increased risk of conjunctivitis. Also known as pink eye, conjunctivitis is an eye infection that causes inflammation of outermost white layer of the eye and inner part of the eyelid (conjunctivita).
You surely might be having a great time sipping tea or coffee in the balcony with a good book or music to accompany you, but you must be careful of the pink eye. Here are some tips on preventing your eyes from conjunctivitis:
- Wash your hands often
Your hands are the major carriers of bacteria and viruses and come in contact with eyes often, so always keep them clean by washing them frequently.
- Wear sunglasses
Irrespective of the season, always wear your sunglasses when you step outside to avoid direct contact with sun, or rainy water in monsoons. Sunglasses act like a hat for your eyes making sure to protect them.
- Don’t share your personal belongings
No matter how close you are to someone, never ever share your personal belongings like sunglasses, contact lenses, handkerchiefs and towels with them, not even family especially in rainy season. If someone uses such belongings there is a high risk of catching infection to both him and you.
- Avoid touching your eyes
When monsoon season is there, try and avoid touching your eyes because no matter what there could be a possibility that you shook hands with someone who was infected or came in contact with an infected object and then touching your eyes would mean infecting them.
- Avoid swimming
Avoid swimming, playing in ponds or streams in monsoon season because the water might have some bacteria in it from all the rain. Not only that, there could be someone who is carrying infection in the same pool with you which would highly increase the risk of catching conjunctivitis.
- Be careful around the infected one
If someone in your family, friends or at your work-place is suffering from conjunctivitis try avoiding any form of physical contact with them- handshakes or hugs, everything is a strict No because conjunctivitis is a highly communicable disease. Even if you put eye drops in their eyes wash your hands immediately.
- Wash your eyes before bedtime
It is always better to wash your hands and eyes during monsoon season before sleeping. This would clean up any kind of infection you are carrying. Also, you could put eye-drops to avoid catching the infection, after all, prevention is better than cure.
If you spot even a little symptom of conjunctivitis, it is advisable to contact a doctor immediately in order to control the infection at the earliest stage possible.