Viruses are to blame for some of life’s more unpleasant inevitabilities; like the common cold, cold sores, the stomach flu, and chickenpox. In fact, viral conjunctivitis can be caused by some of the same viruses we just mentioned. When you come into contact with someone who’s sick with some kind of virus, you can actually be infected through your eyes.
If you do catch viral conjunctivitis, it’s best to stay away from busy public spaces to avoid spreading the illness. This strain usually starts in one eye, but often spreads to the other, so it’s important to throw out any makeup you’ve used on the affected eye and wash your bedding regularly to avoid cross-infection.
Sometimes the same virus that causes your conjunctivitis can infect your body, resulting in a sore throat, coughing, achiness, or maybe even vomiting. Whether you experience those symptoms or not, you will notice red, itchy, sometimes painful eyes. Your eyes will water, and will potentially produce a stringy discharge.
Unfortunately, it’s usually best for viral conjunctivitis to run its course; your body will fight the virus on its own and your symptoms will eventually go away. Having said that: it’s still important to see a doctor. They may recommend treatments to reduce the severity of your symptoms and improve your overall comfort.
Only a doctor can accurately diagnose the kind of conjunctivitis you’re experiencing, and only your doctor can recommend the best course of treatment.