It simply means that you have conjunctivitis (pronounced
as con-junk-tea-y-tis). No, donít be scared, it is not
some way-out disease that you have but it simply means
that you have an infection or allergy in your eye. You
may also call it "pink eye"
Conjunctivitis can occur
due to germs entering your eye called as infective conjunctivitis
or you may be allergic to something called as allergic
conjunctivitis. Sometimes, something may enter your
eye (for e.g. your eyelash) and may cause irritation
in the eye.
Kids get conjunctivitis
very commonly. Most people get conjunctivitis in both
eyes at same time. Your eyes become red, big and some
yellowish, whitish sticky liquid may start coming from
your eyes. This conjunctivitis usually lasts for a short
time and then goes away by itself or after taking medicine.
You can help preventing the spread of conjunctivitis.
Since, it spreads through touching, wasting your hands
a lot with soap water is useful. Do not touch your eyes
Your doctor will give you
some drops to be put in both your eyes or may even prescribe
some eye ointment. It is important to let your parents
put these drops into your eyes according to what the
doctor has prescribed. If your eyes are really itching.
You can apply cold or hot water packs on your eye. If
the sticky fluid from eyes gathers around the eye you
can gently clean each eye with a clean cotton (do not
use the same cotton for both eyes) to remove that sticky
liquid. Always throw that cotton ball in the dustbin
and do not leave it lying around, so that others do
not get infected.