Acute Bacterial Conjunctivitis

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Acute Bacterial Conjunctivitis Bacterial conjunctivitis is the infection of the conjunctiva of the eye. The most common bacteria to cause it are staphylococci, streptococci and Haemophilius and Proteus. I have chosen to write about the most common bacteria which are staphylococci. There are two common types of staphylococci that cause conjunctivitis: staphylococcus aureus and staphylococcus epidermidis. This is an example of Staphylococcus aureus Staphylococcus conjunctivitis is the scientific name and the commonly used name is just conjunctivitis. Sometimes Pink Eye is used in English speaking countries but is more common for viral infection not bacterial. Staphylococci are common bacteria that are often part of the normal bacteria found on the body. They are cocci (round shaped) and stain positively with gram staining (they stain blue). Bacterial staphylococcus conjunctivitis is found all over the world and can affect humans at any age. Staphylococcal Bacterial conjunctivitis is not highly contagious but can be spread with direct contact or with contact such as infected facecloths or towels. Staphylococcus aureus infection of the eye can come from infected areas from other parts of the body such as skin of the face and hands or nose. Staphylococcus epidermidis is part of the normal bacterial flora of the eye but may increase in numbers to cause infection. Bacterial staphylococcus conjunctivitis is caused by the bacteria infecting the conjunctiva. This is often increased growth of bacteria that normally live in the eyelids but can also occur after direct contact with someone else who has this disease. The conjunctiva is a clear membrane which covers the sclera (the white of the eye) and the inside of the eyelids. It produces mucus and tears which help lubricate the eye. Symptoms of bacterial

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