Epidemic Keratoconjunctivitis (EKC)
Epidemic Keratoconjunctivitis (EKC) is a serious and very contagious eye disease which is caused by mainly adenovirus type 8, 18 and 37.
EKC can cause pain, swelling of the eyelids, edema of the conjunctiva, decreased vision, tearing and bleeding of the eyes. Other symptoms include foreign body sensation and sensitivity to light.
For accurate diagnosis and treatment, an Ophthalmologist should be seen ASAP. Home remedies are NOT appropriate treatment(s) for EKC and they can prolong the disease.
As mentioned earlier, EKC is very contagious and precautions should be taken always. For example, physical contact should be limited, cleaning door knobs, phones and counter tops, etc should be done right away to prevent contamination. The virus can survive on dry surfaces for up to 4 months.
EKC virus can remain infectious for 2-6 weeks. The disease may have long term effects on the vision and can reoccur.
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