Monsoons are often more pleasant than summers in terms of temperature and heat. However, we should be aware of the several infections that may affect our health adversely during this season due to the sudden increase in moisture levels. One of the most common infections monsoons bring is Conjunctivitis or red eye.
Symptoms of Infection:
Eye infection may start with certain symptoms such as redness and swelling of the eye, a yellow sticky discharge, eye irritation, photophobia (sensitivity to light), and pain. These signs tend to spread easily in environments with higher moisture levels.
How does Conjunctivitis spread?
Conjunctivitis is a highly contagious disease during monsoon and can spread easily through direct or indirect contact with infected secretions. School-going children are particularly prone to Conjunctivitis during this season.
It is generally observed that if one person has it at home, it happens to all the other members. Why does this happen? This happens because we do not wash our hands frequently. We use the same towel to clean our bodies and eyes as other people or put our hands on our eyes without cleaning them.
It can also be transmitted through contaminated water or towels used during swimming.
Prevention is always better than cure. Here are several simple measures you can take to prevent its occurrence:
Wash hands regularly: Practising good hand hygiene by washing your hands regularly with soap and water can significantly reduce the risk of infection.
Personal items: Avoid sharing personal items like towels, clothes, pillows, or bedspreads with others, as Conjunctivitis can spread through commonly touched items.
Avoid touching your eyes: Refrain from touching your eyes with unwashed hands, as this can introduce bacteria or viruses into the eye.
Maintain separate linens: Keep your towels, bed sheets, and clothes separate from other family members to minimize the risk of contamination.
Promptly seek medical attention: If you experience early symptoms of Conjunctivitis, such as redness, sticky discharge, watering, or pain, do not hesitate to consult an ophthalmologist for a timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
Avoid sharing eye drops: Even if multiple family members are affected by Conjunctivitis, it is crucial not to share eye drops, as this can increase the risk of transmission.
Use recommended eye drops: Follow the advice of your doctor and use lubricating eye drops as recommended to alleviate symptoms and promote healing.
Protect your eyes: If you have already contracted Conjunctivitis, consider wearing glasses or a face shield to prevent the infection from spreading to others.
The eyes are one of the most sensitive organs. Any infection or uneasiness in our eyes can affect our health to a great extent. Therefore, one must take extra precautions in monsoons to prevent contracting any infection by practising above-mentioned measures.