Conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the mucous membrane covering the whites of the eye as well as the inner side of the eyelids. There are five different main types of Conjunctivitis and the first step towards healing the problem is to recognise and diagnose which branch of the affliction that you are suffering from. Each form of Conjunctivitis has its own set of symptoms, nuances and cures.
This strand of the afflictions is an infection caused by bacteria such as staphylococci, streptococci or haemophilus. There are a couple of sources from which these bacteria may come from included the sufferers own skin or from another person with Conjunctivitis. It causes conjunctival redness, swelling and stringy mucopurulent discharge. Mild Bacterial Conjunctivitis usually resolves itself within a couple of days. However if it has not resolved after 3 days, apply Eye Drops to the affected area.
Viral Conjunctivitis usually coincides with a sore throat and/or common cold. Usually this strand of the affliction manifests itself in excessive watering and itching. This form of the affliction is particularly common in children as they are most prone to contracting viral illnesses. The best course of healing action is to concentrate on the easing of the illness.
This strand of Conjunctivitis manifests itself in red eyes for many weeks at a time. It is caused by an organism called Chlamydia Trachomatis coming into contact with the face and eye. This organism also affects other parts of the body and is the cause of the sexually transmitted infection chlamydia. The best course of action to treat this affliction is to see a doctor who with probably put you on a course of antibiotics.
Similar to the Viral Conjunctivitis in the respect that it is a by-product of another affliction; the Allergic Conjunctivitis is common in people who have easily irritated allergies. Allergies that are commonly found airborne such as pollen, dust mites or the antigens from cosmetics often result in combined Conjunctivitis. Furthermore sufferers of eczema, asthmas and hay fever are particularly prone to suffering from allergic Conjunctivitis. Like the Viral Conjunctivitis, Allergic Conjunctivitis is best treated in the same manner that the allergy is treated.
Chemical Conjunctivitis occurs when an acid or alkali (most dangerously the latter) is exposed to the eye. This can lead to a burn on the surface of the eye. It is advised that the sufferer should immediately wash out the eye with sterilised water before contacting a medical professional.