Cases Of Conjunctivitis Rising, Here Are The Precautions To Take To Prevent Eye Flu

by Tejashee Kashyap
Cases Of Conjunctivitis Rising, Here Are The Precautions To Take To Prevent Eye Flu

The monsoon season brings relief from the scorching heat and rejuvenates the environment with its refreshing showers. However, along with the joy of monsoon, there is an increased risk of various health concerns, including conjunctivitis. Cases of conjunctivitis are increasing across the nation, from Ambala, Arunachal Pradesh, Pune, Delhi, and Mumbai. Many people, including school children and office workers, are being affected by the extremely contagious viral or bacterial sickness.

Cases Of Conjunctivitis Are Rising

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During the monsoon season, the humidity, stagnant water, and increased moisture create an environment conducive to the growth and transmission of pathogens. This makes us more susceptible to conjunctivitis.

Viral conjunctivitis is a common occurrence during the monsoon season. Monsoon brings an abundance of allergens such as pollen, mould, and dust. Allergic conjunctivitis is triggered when these allergens come into contact with the eyes. Bacterial conjunctivitis is highly contagious and can be easily transmitted through direct contact with an infected person or contaminated surfaces.

Although the infection doesn’t represent a major risk to the health of your eyes, it is irritating while it lasts. Also, it interferes with your job or study schedule given that going outside is not advised. However, conjunctivitis which is becoming more prevalent today is extremely contagious, therefore one must take all appropriate precautions.

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Necessary Precautions To Take

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Conjunctivitis during the monsoon season can be bothersome, but with proper awareness and preventive measures, you can protect your eyes from this condition:

  • Maintain Hand Hygiene: Regularly washing hands with soap and water or using hand sanitisers can prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses
  • Avoid Eye Touching: Resist the urge to touch or rub your eyes, as it can introduce pathogens and irritants
  • Protective Eyewear: Wear sunglasses during the day to shield your eyes from harmful UV rays and to reduce exposure to allergens.
  • Proper Contact Lens Care: If you wear contact lenses, ensure you follow the hygiene guidelines for their care.
  • Maintain Clean Surroundings: Keep your living and working spaces clean and dry to reduce the risk of infections
  • Avoid Self-Medication: Refrain from using over-the-counter eye drops without consulting an eye specialist, as some medications may worsen certain types of conjunctivitis.

If you experience any symptoms of conjunctivitis, seeking prompt medical attention will ensure a timely and accurate diagnosis.

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