Battling Monsoon Menace: A Comprehensive Guide to Preventing and Managing Conjunctivitis

Posted by Watchdoq Newsportal on July 25, 2023     

As India faces heavy monsoon rainfall, a concerning rise in conjunctivitis cases has been observed across various states. Particularly affecting children, the eye infection has spread in regions such as Delhi, Gujarat, and Northeastern states. In response to prevent further spread, authorities have taken necessary precautions, including the suspension of schools up to 8th grade in Itanagar from 25th to 29th July. Health experts emphasize the importance of adopting proper hygiene practices and awareness to control the highly contagious infection.

Conjunctivitis Outbreak in Delhi, Gujarat, and Northeastern States:

The humid weather and continuous rainfall in several parts of India have provided favorable conditions for the transmission of conjunctivitis. Delhi, Gujarat, and Northeastern states have reported multiple cases of the eye infection, raising concerns among medical professionals. Dr. Aarti Nangia, senior consultant in ophthalmology at Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj, noted an increase in eye infections and conjunctivitis cases in Delhi. The infection may occur independently or alongside upper respiratory tract infections such as cough and cold, as the virus affecting the eyes is the same as the one causing throat infections.

Dr. Suresh Kumar, Medical Director of Delhi government-run LNJP Hospital, confirmed a slight rise in conjunctivitis cases, with patients presenting symptoms like burning sensations in the eyes and fever. Health authorities urge the public to take precautionary measures to limit the spread of this highly contagious condition.

Understanding Conjunctivitis or Pink Eye:

Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye, is an inflammation of the thin, transparent layer (conjunctiva) covering the white part of the eye and lining the inner surface of the eyelids. This eye flu can occur due to viral, bacterial, or allergic causes, leading to redness, itching, excessive tearing, and discharge from the eyes. It is essential to identify the type of conjunctivitis to administer appropriate treatment and prevent further transmission.

Symptoms of Conjunctivitis:

Red or pink appearance in the whites of the eyes
Watery or thick discharge from the eyes
Itchy and irritated eyes
Sensitivity to light
Crusty eyelids or lashes, especially in the morning
Foreign body sensation in the eyes
Swelling and inflammation of the conjunctiva
Prevention and Hygiene Measures:

To prevent the spread of conjunctivitis, especially during monsoon, it is crucial to practice good hygiene and take necessary precautions:

Frequent handwashing: Wash hands thoroughly and avoid touching the eyes with unwashed hands.
Avoid sharing personal items: Refrain from sharing towels, pillowcases, or eye makeup with others.
Proper eye hygiene: Gently clean the eyes with a clean cloth or cotton ball soaked in warm water to remove crusts or discharge.
Avoid eye rubbing: Refrain from rubbing or touching the eyes, as this can further spread the infection.
Maintain personal hygiene: Keep your face and surroundings clean, especially during the monsoon season.
Avoid crowded places if you have symptoms: If you experience conjunctivitis symptoms, avoid crowded areas to prevent transmission to others.

Consult an ophthalmologist: If you suspect conjunctivitis, seek medical advice promptly for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

With conjunctivitis cases rising during the monsoon in Delhi, Gujarat, and Northeastern states, it is vital to prioritize eye health and follow proper hygiene practices. Prevention is crucial to control the spread of this highly contagious infection. By taking necessary precautions and seeking timely medical attention, we can collectively combat the monsoon menace of conjunctivitis and protect our eye health.