Conjunctivitis

(Pink Eye)

  • Conjunctivitis includes any process that causes inflammation of the conjunctiva (whites) of the eye. This may include infectious (viral or bacterial), allergic, or irritant causes.

  • Most conjunctivitis is self resolving, whether viral or bacterial, though the course of a bacterial pink eye may be shorter with antibiotic drops.

  • Viral pink eyes occur in the setting of colds and include redness of the eye, watery or mucousey discharge and the sensation of grittiness of the eye. You can think of them like colds in the eye. The eyes are infectious in the same way that a runny nose is infectious, but eye drops do NOT treat the infection nor do they limit its spread.

  • The best way to stop the spread of infectious conjunctivitis is through good hand hygiene and by not touching the eyes.

  • Click here for more information about Pink Eye from healthychildren.org

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