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Conjunctivitis is one of the common eye infections caused by the same bacteria and viruses which cause the common cold. Although there can be many causes for this condition, the treatment methods will vary based on the cause of the infection. Conjunctivitis caused by a virus will usually go away without intervention, while conjunctivitis caused by bacteria usually requires treatment with antibiotic drops. These drops typically must be inserted directly into the eye several times a day for a few days.
The treatment plan for conjunctivitis should also include a plan for preventing the spread of the infection. Conjunctivitis is highly contagious and can spread from one eye to the other, as well as to other family members. Washing hands thoroughly on a regular basis and not sharing items which touch the eyes can all help to prevent the spread of conjunctivitis.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|