How to Treat Conjunctivitis in Pregnancy

How to Treat Conjunctivitis in Pregnancy

Conjunctivitis is a normal problem during pregnancy, and is not dangerous for the baby or the woman, as long as the treatment is done properly.

How to Treat Conjunctivitis in Pregnancy

Treatment of this problem is usually done with some home care to relieve symptoms, however, according to the cause of conjunctivitis, some specific medical treatment may be needed to speed recovery, such as:

  • Bacterial conjunctivitis: antibacterial eye drops or ointments, such as fusidic acid or chloramphenicol, should be used to kill bacteria;
  • Allergic conjunctivitis: It may be recommended to use antiallergic eye drops, such as azelastine or ketotifen, to speed recovery.

In viral conjunctivitis, generally, there is no need for any specific treatment other than home care, since the body is able to eliminate viruses without using any kind of medicine.

However, in any case, it is advisable to consult an ophthalmologist or general practitioner to identify the cause of the problem and initiate appropriate treatment.

How to Treat Conjunctivitis at Home

In addition to medical treatment, conjunctivitis in pregnancy can be treated at home to relieve symptoms. Some precautions include:

  • Apply moisturizing drops like MouraBrasil, Optrex or Lacrima, often to relieve irritation;
  • Put a cold compress on the eye 2 to 3 times a day for 15 minutes;
  • Keep the eyes well clean by removing the secretions released with water or with a clean, soft cloth;
  • Wash your hands regularly, especially before and after moving your eyes;
  • Do not wear contact lenses, as they can worsen irritation and aggravate pain.

In addition, a cold pack may be put on the affected eye 2 to 3 times a day to relieve irritation and soothe symptoms such as itching and burning. A good tip is to soak the compress in cold chamomile tea, as it is a good soothing home-made remedy that can be used in the grvidez.

Risks for Pregnancy

Viral or allergic conjunctivitis has no risk during pregnancy, but bacterial conjunctivitis, when not properly treated, can damage vision and there is a risk of blindness, but this is very rare.