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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE BACTERIAL CONJUNCTIVITIS DURING PREGNANCY 

 

What is bacterial conjunctivitis?  

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of part of the eye (the conjunctiva, the transparent membrane which overlies the eyelid and covers the sclera, the white part of the eyeball).  Conjunctivitis can result from irritating agents, infection with a virus, or bacteria. Known commonly as “pink eye”, bacterial conjunctivitis results from infection of the eye with bacteria spread through contact with another person who is infected. You can contract bacterial conjunctivitis by touching surfaces of objects that havebacteria on them, or from other parts of your own body, particularly from infected ears or sinuses. Common types of bacterial species that cause conjunctivitis include Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Such an infection can develop when you are pregnant, just as it can occur outside of pregnancy. There also is a type of bacterial conjunctivitis called Chlamydial conjunctivitis, resulting from an organism called Chlamydia trachomatis which is transmitted sexually, but this is fairly uncommon. 


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