The conjunctiva is a thin, transparent membrane that helps provide protection for the front of the eye. We don’t usually notice it is there, but it can become inflamed and this can be quite uncomfortable. An inflammation of this membrane is known as conjunctivitis and it leads to a range of unwelcome symptoms.
There are different potential causes of conjunctivitis. These include allergies such as hay fever, illnesses such as a cold, and also viral infections. The treatment will depend on the underlying cause of the inflammation.
While conjunctivitis is relatively easy to treat, it can lead to permanent damage if treatment is not sought in time. This article looks at 10 symptoms of conjunctivitis.
Conjunctivitis Symptom #1: Crusty Eyelids
Many of us find when we wake up in the morning that there is a type of crust in the corner of our eyes. This is quite harmless and will just wash away, even if it can make it difficult for us to open our eyes, to begin with. It is a result of normal bodily discharges.
Conjunctivitis will cause a larger crust around the eyelids, making them stick together. In cases of conjunctivitis, this crust is often caused by excess fluid secretion or pus. It is harmless in itself and will wash away, but you should still make sure that you get the underlying cause treated.