Conjunctivitis Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Conjunctivitis is a very common condition that is typically caused by infection or allergies. Often referred to ask “pink eye” the condition usually clears up in matter of days without any treatment.

What are the symptoms of conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis symptoms emerge when the clear membrane over the white of your eye (conjunctiva) becomes inflamed. This inflammation can make your eye watery and feel itchy. Your eye may also become swollen, red, and produce watery or sticky discharge.

What are the causes of conjunctivitis?

There are two main types of conjunctivitis: infective conjunctivitis which is caused by a bacterial or viral infection, and allergic conjunctivitis, which is caused by an allergic reaction to a foreign substance such as dust or pollen.

How to treat conjunctivitis

Treatment for conjunctivitis isn’t always necessary as it usually clears up within a matter of days to a week or two without any intervention, but in some cases antibiotic eye drops or anti-allergy medications will be needed. Please consult your optician if you think might have conjunctivitis.


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