When a patient gets pink eye during pregnancy, it generally does not cause any kind of risk to the baby. However, the patient should seek immediate medical advice for proper treatment. Commonly, pink eye cases can go away on its own when it is caused by a virus. For those that are caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics are administered.
- There are some antibiotics that are harmful for pregnant patients. There are also those that are considered safe and can be used to treat pink eye.
- Doctors often recommend over the counter eye drops and antihistamines to treat the disease to prevent possible side effects that prove risky for both patient and baby.
- The problem with the eye infection happens during delivery. If the newborn child gets pink eye, which is called as neonatal conjunctivitis, he or she will need immediate treatment. If treatment is not immediately given, the infection can cause corneal scarring and blindness. Though it was mentioned that the disease is not harmful during pregnancy, it can be a serious threat upon delivery.
- Pregnant patients who have Chlamydia, herpes, or gonorrhea puts their unborn child at high risk of having severe eye infection upon delivery. This will happen when the baby passes through the birth canal. That is why doctors would recommend a cesarean delivery to prevent the baby from direct contact with the sexually transmitted diseases that were mentioned.
Prevention And Treatment Of Pink Eye During Pregnancy
Due to threats of corneal scarring and blindness to the newborn baby, it is best for patients to know some measures that will keep them away from having the infection and some treatment options. Below are some of these measures.
- Wash hands as often as possible with the use of soap and warm water.
- It is good to use a clean and fresh washcloth and towel to clean the face.
- Never share eye drops and cosmetics with other patients.
- Wear glasses when caring for a patient with the infection. Immediately wash hands after touching the affected area.
- Make sure to dispose all tissues or cotton balls that have been used by an infected patient.
- Separate clothes, pillowcases, towels, and bed sheets of an infected patient from the rest of the family’s laundry.
- A thorough examination will be done by the doctor to see if antibiotics are needed. Antibiotics that are given are those that are considered safe for pregnant patients.
- Home treatment will include application of warm or cold compress. Make sure that the materials used are changed every time it is applied.