Eye Flu: These days the cases of eye flu are increasing rapidly across the country. Although cases of eye flu are common during the monsoon season, this year more cases are being seen than in the past few years. This infection in the eyes is also called pink eye or conjunctivitis. It can usually affect anyone, but if you are pregnant, then you need to be more careful about it. Let us know how eye flu affects pregnant women and what are its symptoms and causes-

If you also ignore the bloodshot in the eyes during pregnancy considering it as fatigue, then be alert. Along with red eyes, if you have itching, burning, or crusting in it, then it can be eye flu. Eye flu is a common and harmless infection, which is quite common this season. However, even mild ailments can become complicated when pregnant, so no carelessness should be taken during this time.

Is it possible to treat eye flu during pregnancy?
If you are pregnant and are constantly worried about the increasing cases of eye flu, let us tell you that it is possible to treat it during pregnancy and it does not pose much risk to you or your baby. The bad news, however, is that your eyes are going to look pretty bad for a few days. In such a situation, today in this article, we will tell you how you can treat and prevent flu during pregnancy.

What is eye flu?
Eye flu or eye flu is an inflammation of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the layer that covers the white part of your eye and the inside of your eyelid. The inflammation is often caused by a viral or bacterial infection, but not always. Sometimes this inflammation is also caused by allergies, scratches, injuries, or burns. Common symptoms of eye flu include:-

Pink or red color of the white part of the eye
the feeling of something stuck in the eye
itching and burning on the eye or eyelid
pain and swelling
clear watery or sticky and yellow discharge
crusting on the edge of the eyelid
sensitivity to light

Causes of flu in pregnancy
There is nothing unique in pregnancy that causes eye flu. The reasons for its occurrence are common, just like any other person. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria, allergies (from dust, mold, and pet dander), and environmental factors. Apart from this, many times the eyes become red by rubbing or rubbing the eyes vigorously. In such a situation, if you see one or two of the above-mentioned symptoms in yourself, then contact the doctor.

Eye treatment during pregnancy
If you have had eye flu during pregnancy, do not use any medicine or eye drops without consulting your doctor. For its proper treatment, it would be better to consult a doctor. Apart from this, you can reduce the problem caused by some home remedies, which are given below-

Apply a hot or cold compress – It doesn't matter what your preferred temperature is, a cold or warm compress can give you some relief from the discomfort of eye flu.

Gentle cleaning- If you have crust around your eyes due to eye flu, clean it gently with the help of cotton pads or cotton balls. This crust can irritate the eyes. In this case, it would be better to remove it.
Do not wear contact lenses - If you usually wear contact lenses, stop wearing them when you have eye flu. Instead, you can wear your spectacles till the swelling of the eyes is completely cured.

Green tea bags – You can use green tea bags to reduce the swelling caused by eye flu. For this, keep the tea bag in hot water for 20 minutes, and then after cooling it in the refrigerator, apply it to the eyes. Its antioxidant properties will help reduce inflammation.

How to prevent flu during pregnancy
The only way to prevent eye flu is to take care of cleanliness. For this, keep in mind that always maintain cleanliness. Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, until you have washed your hands with soap and water. Doing this will go a long way in reducing the amount of dirt and germs that enter the eyes.
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