Have your eyes become
sticky and red any time? They most probably have!
Acute Conjunctivitis is the most commonly
encountered eye problem. The white of the eye is covered by a transparent
layer called Conjunctiva. It also covers the inner side of
What is Pink eye?
Pink eye or Conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the conjunctiva. In this the eyes become red
and there is sticky discharge, watering and itching. It lasts for 4-5
days. Usually both eyes are affected.
Conjunctivitis can be due to
Trachoma is an eye infection caused by Chlamydia
trachomatis. It is common in
tropics. It is spread by flies.
There are multiple elevations on the inner side
of the eyelid, called as follicle and papillae. There is conjunctival and corneal
scarring seen as white spots. The
scarring of the lids causes trichiasis,
The treatment consists of Tetracycline eye ointment.
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Does that sound dangerous? Well may be. But did you know there are bacteria everywhere around us,
even inside our body?
Bacteria can be useful as well as harmful. They can be our friends as well as enemies!
It is the bacteria that give us yogurt. Some bacteria help us in digesting our
Now, if they invade our body, the bacteria can cause diseases. In that
case, our body will fight against them with the white blood cells. This is associated with the formation of 'pus' or the
sticky discharge in conjunctivitis. Sometimes our body may start losing the
fight. That's when we have to use "Antibiotics", to help our body
in fighting the bacteria.
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are on the verge of living and non-living. They cannot survive on their
own, outside a living organism. Therefore most viruses are harmful.
Viruses can be seen only by an electronic microscope. Some viruses live
inside bacteria! They depend on the host cell for their reproduction.
can cause diseases like Flu (Influenza), Viral Conjunctivitis, Jaundice
(Viral Hepatitis). Antiviral medicines fight viruses.
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