Bacterial eye infections, also known as conjunctivitis is a condition that causes redness and inflammation in the thin layer of tissue that covers the front of your eyes (the conjunctiva). The most common term used to describe conjunctivitis is red eye. Once the bacterial eye infection has been diagnosed, both eyes may be affected within a few hours. However, that’s not always the case.

A bacterial or viral infection can cause conjunctivitis, which is known as infective conjunctivitis. A second type of conjunctivitis is allergic conjunctivitis, caused by a reaction to a substance like pollen or dust mites. You could also get this eye infection by coming into contact with items that can irritate your conjunctivitis, such as shampoo or chlorinated water, or getting a loose eyelash in your eye.

When should you seek medical attention?

Most cases of bacterial eye infections aren’t a cause for concern. However, you should contact your GP if you think you have it, particularly if your think it’s related to wearing your contact lenses.

How to treat bacterial eye infection?

Conjunctivitis caused by a virus usually goes away without any treatment. If the infection is caused by bacteria, antibiotic eye drops or ointments are used to treat it. Majority of the time infection usually clears up within a few weeks.

If your conjunctivitis is caused by a viral infection, there are no specific treatments. Your body fights the virus on its own. Placing a cool, wet wash cloth on your eyes can make your eyes feel more comfortable. As well as rinsing your eyes.

If you are still experiencing symptoms, speak to one of our pharmacists at Manchester pharmacy. They will provide you with a suitable treatment or advise you to see you’re GP.

How to avoid contracting conjunctivitis?

There are some things you can do to help avoid getting infectious conjunctivitis, especially if you live with someone who has infective conjunctivitis

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes
  • Avoid sharing towels or pillows. Always ensure you wash your pillows and towels frequently.

In addition, if you wear contact lenses whilst you have conjunctivitis, its recommended you don’t wear them until your symptoms have cleared up. When the infection has cleared, a new pair should be used. Your makeup may need to be replaced also to prevent the infection from reappearing.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this article or want to speak to one of our professionals, get in touch with us today.

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