Flu Accompanied By Fever And Watery Eyes And Discharge?
My son is 9 months old, has a cold with a fever, his eyes are always watery and have a dark discharge. What is the danger? Thanks.
Hi Niken. Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.
We can feel your heart's worry. Conjunctivitis in medical terms is inflammation of the clear membrane that lines the outside / front of the eye (conjunctiva). The conjunctival cells will produce fluid to lubricate the cornea so it doesn't dry out. This inflammation can be caused by several factors such as bacterial or viral infections, irritation or allergies to dust, mites and pollen.
Conjunctivitis sufferers generally complain of:
Red eye (dilation of blood vessels in the eye due to inflammation)
Removes dirt (belek) which is sticky
The eye feels itchy
Difficulty opening your eyes especially in the morning
To be able to determine the cause of conjunctivitis, examination by a doctor is necessary, especially if the symptoms do not go away after 2 weeks, the eye hurts and is very sensitive to light and decreased vision. Conjunctivitis usually resolves within one to two weeks. Treatment of conjunctivitis will be adjusted to the causes and symptoms and the usual treatment can be in the form of eye drops or ointments containing chloramphenicol antibiotics, corticosteroids or antihistamines. With early and correct treatment, conjunctivitis will heal properly and will not cause serious health problems. For this reason, you should take your baby to the doctor so that examination and treatment can be carried out accurately and thoroughly, considering that your baby is currently experiencing fever and flu.
You can do the following for your baby yourself:
Always wash your hands before and after touching an infected eye
Avoid rubbing or scratching the infected eye
Avoid allergic triggers to the eyes
Compress the eyes using a clean cloth with warm, squeezed water to reduce puffiness and loosen hardened eye wax on the eyelids.
Clean the dirt around the eyes with a clean cloth or with sterile gauze moistened with warm water
May be useful. Best regards, Dr. Shirly
Also read the article to add insight: Types of eye infections and how to deal with them