Anatomy and Physiology Integumentary Disorders: Conjunctivitis MariEllen Noonan
Centralia High School
Anatomy and Physiology
In Anatomy and Physiology a big part of the study is skin, hair, and nails, also known as the integumentary system. Where there is skin, hair, and nails, there can be infection, mutations, and diseases. Along with all of these integument disorders there lays the nasty and terrible infection called Conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis is more commonly known as Pink Eye. This is when your eyes get itchy, swollen, irritated, and turn a bright red pink color. This is where Conjunctivitis got it’s name, Pink Eye, from the color your eyes when they get irritated. Bacteria can affect and irritate parts of your eye and causes them to be bloodshot, giving them a red appearance. Conjunctivitis can and is a big pain if you do end up getting it. Most often times it will affect both eyes (Mayoclinic.org). So instead of one itchy red eye, you have two. Since both eyes are irritated and Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) can cause vision problems, most of the time it is hard to see at all. Conjunctivitis can be very harmful and even threatening to your eyes if it comes about at the wrong time. It is an infection that needs treatment right away, and should not get put off. It is a very contagious disease, so hand washing is a must. The hardest part is to not rub your eyes, even though they itch tremendously. The best way to help not spread it is keeping good hygiene and to not come into contact with an infected person.
Conjunctivitis, also known as Pink Eye, is an annoying irritating infection in your eyes that causes them to itch, burn, turn red, and even leak tears and turn crusted. Conjunctivitis has a suffix that is “Itis”, meaning inflammation, irritation, and redness.
Putting the word together getting Conjunctivitis means inflammation, irritation, and redness of the Conjunctiva mucous membrane in the eye. The Conjunctiva in the eye is the mucous membrane that lines the inner surface of the eyelids and is continued over the forepart of the eyeball (aoa.org). Even though the conjunctiva is clear it carries many blood vessels which cause bloodshot eyes. There is a bunch of different ways to irritate the conjunctiva in the eye, but the main reasons people get Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) is from
a virus, like the common cold. Also another big contender is bacterial conjunctivitis caused by bacteria, this type of conjunctivitis can cause serious damage to the eye if left untreated. Another form is allergic conjunctivitis. When the Conjunctiva does get irritated from one of these ways it causes the conjunctival blood vessels to
dilate. This is what causes red, bloodshot eyes (Skinsight.com).
Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) is an infection that should be treated quickly. After noticing the signs of crusted, leaky, red, itchy, irritated eyes you should go to the doctor and have it checked out. Usually Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) will cure itself without getting treatment. But everyone’s bodies reacts differently. If the Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) gets too bad, it will need treatment consulted with by a doctor. Since there are many ways to contract Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) there are different treatments that are needed to help cure it. In most cases of viral conjunctivitis the infection will usually clear up in seven to fourteen days without treatment and without any longterm consequences. In some cases, viral conjunctivitis can take two to three weeks or more to clear up, especially if your body doesn’t heal properly. Viral Conjunctivitis is considered one of the mild forms (Cdc.gov). Artificial tears and cold packs can relieve the dryness and inflammation. The ...
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