Conjunctivitis - Prevention

Many cases of conjunctivitis can be prevented by some simple hygienic practices. These include the following:

  • Frequent hand washing with antiseptic soap, followed by hand drying with paper towels (to prevent spreading the infection).
  • Avoidance of substances in the environment known to cause conjunctivitis, such as dust and pollen.
  • Use of protective eye wear and screens in areas where unusual light conditions are used (such as in tanning salons).
  • Use of a clean tissue to remove discharge from the eyes.
  • Careful attention to instructions for the use of antibiotics in the treatment of conjunctivitis, making sure that all of the prescribed medication is used up.
  • Avoiding contact with people who already have the disease.

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