DO NOT PANIC!!
Here are some tips for managing viral conjunctivitis:
1.Practice good hygiene: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially before and after touching your eyes. Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes to prevent spreading the infection.
2.Use a clean towel and pillowcase: Change your towel and pillowcase daily to prevent the spread of the virus. Wash them in hot water to kill any remaining virus.
3.Avoid wearing contact lenses: Contact lenses can trap the virus and prolong the infection. Switch to wearing glasses until the infection clears up.
4.Apply a warm compress: Use a clean, warm compress on your eyes to help relieve discomfort and reduce swelling. Be sure to use a clean compress each time and wash your hands before and after applying it.
5.Use lubricating eye drops: Over-the-counter lubricating eye drops can help soothe dryness and irritation caused by conjunctivitis. Make sure to choose drops that are specifically labeled for use with conjunctivitis.
6.Avoid sharing personal items: Do not share towels, washcloths, eye makeup, or other personal items with others to prevent spreading the infection.
7.Stay home and rest: Viral conjunctivitis is highly contagious, so it’s best to stay home from work or school until the infection has cleared up. Resting and avoiding activities that strain your eyes can help speed up the healing process.
8.Seek medical advice: If your symptoms worsen, persist for more than a week, or if you experience severe eye pain, sensitivity to light, or changes in vision, it’s important to seek medical advice from a healthcare professional.
Remember, viral conjunctivitis usually resolves on its own within 7-10 days. Following these tips can help alleviate symptoms and prevent the spread of the infection.