Conjunctivitis, commonly known as eye flu or pink eye, is spreading rapidly in Delhi-NCR, akin to a wildfire. The heavy rains and floods are causing a surge in eye flu cases in this region and we need to take some precautionary measures to control its spread as well as know some eye flu treatment methods to manage the condition.
What expert says:
The surge in conjunctivitis cases is attributed to unusual showers, flooding, and heightened atmospheric moisture, creating a favorable environment for the proliferation of bacteria and viruses. The increased humidity and water contamination during this season have led to a significant rise in infections. Experts also say that children are particularly susceptible to eye flu as they are more vulnerable to its effects compared to adults.
Eye Flu: What it means
Conjunctivitis, commonly known as eye flu, is a prevalent eye condition affecting individuals of all age groups. It involves inflammation of the conjunctiva, the delicate, transparent layer covering the white part of the eyes and the inner eyelid surface. Eye flu can arise from different factors, such as viral or bacterial infections, allergies, or exposure to environmental irritants. Although it is uncomfortable, with appropriate care and eye flu Ayurvedic treatment, most cases of eye flu can be effectively resolved without complications.
Types And Causes of eye flu:
Eye flu (eye conjunctivitis) can be categorized into several types based on its underlying cause. Here are the different types you should be aware of:
Caused by various viruses, including adenoviruses, this form of conjunctivitis is highly contagious and often accompanies respiratory infections. Symptoms include watery discharge and redness in the eyes.
Mainly caused by bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pneumoniae, this type is also highly contagious. It may produce a thick, yellowish-green discharge at the corner of the eye, along with red or pink eyes. Both viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are common during the monsoon season due to increased humidity and contamination.
Triggered by allergens like pollen, pet dander, or dust mites, allergic conjunctivitis affects both eyes and causes extreme itching, redness, and excessive tearing.
Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC):
Usually associated with prolonged use of contact lenses, GPC causes small bumps on the inner surface of the eyelids, leading to severe discomfort.
Weather-driven, this type occurs due to exposure to irritants like chlorine in swimming pools or harsh chemicals in products, causing significant irritation and redness.
Symptoms of eye flu:
Symptoms of conjunctivitis may affect one or both eyes and include:
- Redness of the white part of your eye.
- A watery or thick and sticky discharge, which may be yellow or green; your eyes might be stuck together when waking up in the morning.
- Blurry vision, possibly due to discharge around the eye or if the clear front part (cornea) is affected.
- A gritty sensation in your eye, causing itchiness or a burning feeling.
- Swollen eyelids.
Preventive measures to reduce the spread of eye flu:
To prevent the spread of eye flu, we need to raise awareness and educate people about the infection and hygiene measures:
- Practice good hand hygiene regularly.
- Refrain from touching or rubbing the eyes and other surfaces.
- Use a clean wipe to clear eye discharge and dispose of it safely in the dust bin.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
- Minimize visits to crowded places to reduce the risk of transmission.
- Avoid repeated touching of the eyes.
- Refrain from sharing personal items like towels and makeup to prevent infection spread.
Remedies to alleviate the symptoms of Eye flu:
To alleviate symptoms of conjunctivitis, you can use cold or warm compresses over the affected eye. This helps remove crusty or sticky discharge, especially in the morning after it has built up overnight. For allergic conjunctivitis, a cool compress is often recommended.
Take a handful of coriander leaves and boil it in water. Strain the liquid and let it cool. Wash the infected eye with this mixture. This remedy helps relieve burning, decrease pain, and reduce swelling.
Another remedy involves boiling water for 5 minutes, allowing it to cool to a certain temperature ( so that it can be used for the eyes). Mix a cup of this water with a teaspoon of raw honey. Soak a cloth or flannel in the mixture and place it over the eyes. Ensure the water is warm and soothing, not hot or uncomfortable.
Alternatively, you can make a cup of chamomile tea, let the tea bag cool, and then place it over the affected eye or eyes. Make sure it is warm and soothing, not too hot.
Take a handful of Tamarind leaves and dried Turmeric, and boil them in water. Strain the liquid and let it cool. Wash the infected eye with this mixture for its soothing properties and potential benefits.
Lastly, using lubricant Ayurvedic eye drops a few times a day (as recommended by the manufacturer or Ayurvedic doctor) can help clean out the eye and provide relief.
These remedies aim to provide relief and alleviate pain, while also assisting in reducing the infection rate. However, for comprehensive healing, it is advisable to consult an Ayurveda physician promptly.
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