Conjunctivitis Outbreak: Tips to avoid the ‘Pink Eye’ flu during the monsoon

Conjunctivitis, also referred to as “pink eye syndrome,” is a common but excruciating ocular condition. The thin membrane that covers the white of the eye, the conjunctiva, becomes inflamed and causes this condition. The Infection is quite Contagious and capable of spreading quickly from one person to another.

The leading cause of conjunctivitis, particularly in adults, is a virus. Other potential causes include bacteria, allergies, chemicals, or foreign objects that become lodged in the eye. However, due to India’s high population density, humidity, and occasionally inadequate or unhygienic living conditions, viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are the main causes of the surge.

Infection can be spread through the sharing of personal items like towels, cosmetics, pillows, or contact lenses. Traditionally, the virus spreads more quickly in communal settings. According to the expert, conjunctivitis only happens when someone comes into contact with the secretion or watery discharge coming from an infected person’s eyes.

Dr. TS Sujatha, a general ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon at Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital, explained in a press release that increased conjunctivitis is caused by high humidity during the rainy seasons, which promotes the growth of bacteria. “During the rainy season, the high humidity that prevails encourages viral growth, which creates ideal conditions for conjunctivitis to spread. Greater risk of transmission exists in areas with frequent water logging and areas where hygiene standards are not upheld, such as slum areas. Children, their family members, and even healthcare workers have been significantly impacted, making up almost 30-40% of the affected group.”

As per doctors, Conjunctivitis can be identified based on below-listed symptoms

  • Eye discharge
  • Eyelid swelling
  • Increased tear production
  • Itchy eyes
  • Crusting over the eyelids or eyelashes
  • Irritation or burning sensation
  • Blurred vision and increased sensitivity to light

 

Doctors also advise patients with pink eyes should not touch or rub their eyes too frequently. They need to wash their hands to get rid of the germs on them. Also visit your doctor as soon as you suspect pinkeye to find out what’s causing it and how to treat it.