Viral conjunctivitis in children: symptomatology and basic methods of treatment
Conjunctivitis is an inflammatory disease of the conjunctiva; The mucous membrane on the eyelid surface and sclera. There are three main types: bacterial, viral and allergic.
Quite often, children develop a viral inflammation, and parents need to know whether it is possible to cure viral conjunctivitis in a child, what to do and how to prevent undesirable consequences.
Viral conjunctivitis suggests inflammation of the mucous eye due to the penetration of the virus. The most common pathogens are adenoviruses and herpes.
The disease is quite contagious, it is transmitted by household items and by airborne droplets. In kindergartens and schools, illness usually becomes an epidemic.
The difference between this type of ailment is that first it affects one eye, but after a while the second also inflames.
The disease is divided into three forms:
The adenoviral form is of the catarrhal, follicular and pleating type. The follicular type is the most painful. Herpetic form is provoked by the herpes virus and can be catarrhal (it proceeds easily, the symptoms are poorly expressed) and follicular (an acute disease involving the appearance of ulcers and erosions).
Viral conjunctivitis in most cases manifests itself after the transfer of acute respiratory infections of a viral nature. It is provoked by the same virus as the underlying ailment.
But also often the cause is the herpes virus.
The viral form of the disease can be supplemented and bacterial, so it is important that the doctor carefully examined the eye discharge and accurately diagnosed, and after he prescribed adequate therapy.
In infants at the age of 1-6 months, viral conjunctivitis can be triggered by plugging of the lacrimal canal.
As a result, tears can not perform their protective function, and the membrane becomes inflamed.
Also often ailment provokes ingress into tearful ways of foreign bodies, sinusitis, runny nose. In childhood, 15% of cases; this effect on the mucosa of external stimuli.
At the end of the illness, the following symptoms are felt:
If the baby does get sick, do not panic. Adhere to all the measures appointed by a specialist, and the disease will soon pass.
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