Conjunctivitis is an eye infection that can be easily transmitted to other people, especially since it is common for the affected person to scratch their eye and then end up spreading the secretions that have stuck to their hand.
Thus, to avoid passing conjunctivitis, infected people should take some care such as washing their hands frequently, sanitizing their eyes correctly and avoiding touching their eyes. Check out all the precautions that are indicated to avoid the transmission of conjunctivitis:
1. Clean eyes with saline
To clean the eyes correctly and effectively, sterile compresses and saline solution can be used or specific cleaning wipes, such as Blephaclean, for example, and these materials should always be discarded immediately after each use.
Cleaning helps to remove excess eye smear, which is a substance that can contain and facilitate the development of viruses and bacteria, facilitating transmission to other people.
2. Avoid rubbing eyes with hands
As the eyes are infected, avoid rubbing the eyes with your hands or moving one eye and then the other, to avoid contamination. If the itching is intense, you can use a sterile compress and clean it with saline solution to reduce discomfort.
3. Wash your hands several times a day
Hands should be washed at least 3 times a day and whenever you touch your eyes or need to come into close contact with other people. To wash your hands correctly, soap and clean water should be passed on your hands and rub the palm of each hand, fingertips, between the fingers, back of the hand and also the wrists and use a paper towel or elbow to turn off the tap..
There is no need to use any type of antiseptic or special soap, but the soap used must not be shared with other people. See the step-by-step guide to washing your hands correctly:
4. Avoid close contact
During the course of the infection, close contact with other people, such as handshakes, hugs and kisses, should be avoided. If this is not possible, you should always wash your hands before coming into contact with other people. In addition, contact lenses, glasses, makeup or any other type of material that could come into contact with the eyes or released secretions should not be shared.
5. Separate the pillow
While conjunctivitis is not treated, one should use a pillow and avoid sharing it with others and ideally one should also sleep in a bed alone. In addition, the pillowcase should be washed and changed daily to reduce the risk of infecting the other eye.