September 20, 2010

Eye Flu : Cause, Symptoms, Prevention and cure

Rainy season brings a lot of infections with it, One of the common infections is viral infection of eye called the eyes flu. Though eye flu can effect people of all ages but it is more common among children. Eye flue is an eye diseases also known as viral conjunctivitis.

Symptoms of Eye Flu.

  • Red, swollen eyes.
  • Watery discharge from eyes.
  • Severe etching in eyes and/or pain in eyes.
  • Blurring of vision.
  • Lid Swelling.
  • Feeling of discomfort.

Some facts about eye flu.

  • The disease is caused by virus infection like adenovirus, herpes, simples virus, myxovirus and pox virus.
  • The disease is highly infectious, so if somebody around you is infected there is a high risk of you getting infected. So take proper care in order to avoid the infection.
  • There is a myth that the disease spreads just by looking into the eyes of an infected person. But this is not true.
  • If somebody touches the infected eyes the fingers get infected and if it comes in contact of another person's eye he may get infected.
  • One may also get infected from the swimming pool also.

Prevention of eye flu.

  • Avoid going to a swimming pool which has regular chlorination of water.
  • Avoid shaking hands esp. with the infected person. Wash your hand with soap after handshake with infected person.
  • Clean your eyes with clean water 2-3 times a day.
  • Don't use a common towel or handkerchief.

Treatment of eye flu.

  • Wear dark goggles.
  • Use anti-allergic eye drops three to four times a day.
  • Close your eyes and apply ice wrapped in a cloth over the eye lids.
  • The diseases are usually self limiting and normally go away in around three days.

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