How to Prevent Pinkeye and Other Eye-Related IllnessesUncategorized
Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, caused by a virus or bacteria is contagious and can easily be spread from person to person. If you or someone in your family has pink eye or any other eye-related illness, there are steps to follow to help prevent spreading it.
- Use warm water and soap to wash your hands regularly.
- Do not rub or touch your eye.
- Don’t leave discharge sitting in the corner of your eye. Instead, use a clean, warm washcloth to wipe away discharge. Be sure to wash your hands with soap afterward and use a clean washcloth each time. Each time you do this, the washcloth must be washed in hot water with detergent.
- If you use ointment or eye drops, wash your hands after each application.
- Wash sheets, pillowcases, washcloths, and towels in hot water with detergent. After you handle these items, wash your hands with soap.
- Do not share towels, washcloths, or pillows with anyone who has pinkeye or an eye-related illness.
- If you wear glasses, clean them regularly. Do not use a towel or cloth that will be shared with others.
- Do not share make-up brushes, make-up, sunglasses, or contact lens cases.
- Do not bathe young children together and do not go to a swimming pool.
If you follow the above hygiene tips, you can help prevent spreading eye-related illnesses.