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Conjunctivitis - Inner Eyelid Infection
The symptoms of conjunctivitis vary according to its type. You may have symptoms in one or both of your eyes. A common symptom is red painful eyes. Your eyes may produce more tears than usual. Your eyes may produce a discharge. Your eyes may feel gritty and burn or itch. You may have blurred vision. Your eyes may be sensitive to light. Additionally, your eyelids may be inflamed and swollen.
Good hygiene and household or school cleaning can help prevent contagious conjunctivitis from spreading. It is important to wash your hands frequently, and avoid touching your eyes with your hands. You should not share eye cosmetics, hand towels, handkerchiefs, or pillows. Clean or replace such items regularly. Be vigilant about keeping your contact lenses clean and use only fresh contact lens solutions.
Am I at Risk
Viral conjunctivitis is very contagious. It is important to keep your hands clean and have the person infected use separate towels or paper towels. Do not rub your eyes as the virus is easily transmitted from the conjunctiva to your hands.
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