Pink eye is an eye infection where the white part of your eye turns red or pink due to itching and inflammation, thus the name. The condition is also known as conjunctivitis.
It can be caused by bacteria and virus or due to an allergic reaction. If it is caused due to an allergy, it may not be contagious, however, the bacteria or virus variant is highly contagious and is the most common cause of conjunctivitis.
Like all viral or bacterial infections, this is spread when you touch an object with a virus or bacteria on it and then touch your eye. The infection can also spread when you are in close contact with the infected person.
So, how do you prevent this infection? To answer that, we will tell you 10 ways you can cut down the risk of contracting pink eyes in this blog article.
1. Wash hands
Well, you might have gotten exhausted with hearing this, given the ongoing scenario. However, washing hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent contracting, not just the pink eye, but any infection. So, make sure you wash your hands before having food or even before you think of touching your eye for some weird reason.
2. Do not share personal items
Not sharing personal items with someone is an extremely important way to ensure personal hygiene and also prevent contracting the pink eye.
Do not share personal items like clothes, towels, napkins, or tissues with someone.
3. Cover while coughing or sneezing
Covering your nose and mouth while coughing or sneezing may not prevent you from contracting conjunctivitis, however, it will ensure that it is not spread to others if you already have it.
Again, this is a best practice for not just the pink eye but is a good hygiene habit in general.
4. Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth
As mentioned above, your hands, on a day-to-day basis comes in contact with dirt, microorganisms, and also virus.
These foreign objects enter your body through the eyes, nose, or mouth. So whether you wash your hands or not, refrain from touching them with your direct hands as much as you possibly can.
5. Clean or sanitize surfaces
Regularly keep your surroundings and surfaces clean by regularly sanitizing with cleaning solutions. Objects and surfaces like door handles, countertops, bathroom surfaces, faucets, etc, are common ground for viruses and bacteria.
6. Sanitize hands
You might not always have easy access to water, so keep a sanitizer handy as you never know when you might need it. This does not mean that you use sanitizer frequently, doing so would cause more harm than good.
7. Follow contact lens Hygiene
If you use a contact lens, make sure that you follow proper contact lens hygiene. People who use contact lens are at higher risk of contracting conjunctivitis than people who do not use contact lenses or those who use regular glasses.
And make sure you do not forget to remove the lenses before going for a shower or splashing water on your face as bacteria may trap between the contact lenses and your eyes, resulting in an infection.
This does not mean that you must refrain from using contact lenses, just remember to clean it regularly before putting them in your eyes.
8. Use goggles while swimming in public pools
Public pools are common places that harbor bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms. Your chances of contracting something viral like conjunctivitis is high when you get into public swimming pools.
Also, the chlorine used in the water can irritate your eyes and be another reason to harm them. So, do not forget to use googles while going for a swim in a public pool.
9. Do not share personal eye care items
As obvious as it can be, do not share personal eye care or eye cosmetics with anyone for hygiene purposes.
10. Maintain overall hygiene
Just cleaning your hands or contact lenses would not do the whole job, as preventing a contagious disease like conjunctivitis requires overall hygiene.
So, make sure you maintain cleanliness holistically. For example, change your bedsheets and pillowcases often, do not wear the same unwashed clothes more than once, and use fresh towels daily.
In spite of taking the above preventive measures, you may still contract conjunctivitis. Fret not, while not all cases of pink or red-eye can be conjunctivitis, consult an eye doctor if you notice increased eye pain, sensitivity to bright lights, blurry vision, and pus or mucus discharge from the eye.
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