Health Scan: November 2019 -
least 20 seconds or with alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, before and after applying eye drops or ointment to  infected eyes. •	Any discharge from the eyes has to be washed with clean hands several times a day by using a clean, wet washcloth or fresh cotton balls and the cotton balls are to be thrown after use. •	Pillowcases have to be changed very often. •	Pillowcases, sheets, wash cloths, and towels are to be washed in hot water and detergent •	Contact lenses are not to be used until eye doctor says to start wearing them again. •	Eyes should not be rubbed or touched as it may worsen the condition. •	Avoiding sharing items used by an infected person  such as pillows, washcloths, towels, eye drops, eye or face makeup, makeup brushes, contact lenses, contact lens storage cases, or eyeglasses. •	Personal items, such as pillows, washcloths, towels, eye drops, eye or face makeup, makeup brushes, contact lenses, contact lens storage cases, or eyeglasses are not to be shared. •	Swimming pool should not be used. •	If Someone with Conjunctivitis is  Around us, the risk of infection can be reduced by •	Washing hands after contact with the infected person or items he or she used, •	Immediately after birth, an antibiotic ointment has to be applied to the new born's eyes as per the advise of the Physician.  to prevent eye infection. By boosting the immune system, recurrent attacks can be prevented and by making the body unsuitable for bacterial or viral growth, the normal function of the eyes can be maintained. FOOD AND DIET Diet for conjunctivitis includes foods that help boost  immunity and prevent  from contracting the infection. Foods rich in beta carotene, Vitamin A, K, C, E and B, omega-3 fatty acids improve eye health and  avoid infection. Milk is a good source of riboflavin and vitamin A, and low-fat milk is preferred over whole milk to prevent plaque buildup in the eyes' blood vessels. Fruits and vegetables that are rich in beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A and are rich sources of antioxidants, like  cantaloupe, mangoes, apples, and oranges, spinach, turnips, broccoli, peas, onions, garlic, ginger, celery, beans, seaweed, carrots, tomatoes,sweet potatoes, carrots, and apricots. Nuts, green leafy vegetables, vegetable oils, sweet potatoes, avocados, wheat germ, and whole grains are rich in Vitamin E. Apples, strawberries, emblica fruit (Amla), cranberries, kiwi, grapefruit, and oranges are rich in Vitamin C. Fish like Salmon and other fish that are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids are recommended . Sweets, oily and heavy pungent food are not recommended.  Salts, spices and starchy food like potatoes, bread, cereals, popcorn, crackers, lentils, kidney beans, black-eyed peas, chickpeas, black beans and white beans are to be avoided as they may cause irritation and aggravate pain. Increased intake of Vitamins and antioxidants allow the immune system to fight the infections. 12 Purple potatoes and other colourful fruits and vegetables could lower the risk of colon cancer. Contd..from previous page