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Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin membrane that lines the eyelid and covers the white part of the eye.
It is a common condition that normally affects both eyes. It is also known as red or pink eye.
Conjunctivitis is caused by a viral or bacterial infection or an allergy.
Conjunctivitis caused by an infection is contagious which means it can spread from one person to another. Conjunctivitis caused by an allergy is not contagious.
If you have conjunctivitis your eyes may:
There are 3 different types of conjunctivitis:
If you wear contact lenses, you have a higher risk of developing conjunctivitis.
To reduce your risk:
Conjunctivitis can normally be treated at home and usually clears up on its own in around 2 weeks.
Some things you can do at home to help ease symptoms of conjunctivitis include:
Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are very contagious and can easily be passed to other people.
To prevent the spread of conjunctivitis:
Make an appointment with your GP if:
Call your doctor or 111 immediately if you experience:
For bacterial conjunctivitis, your GP may prescribe antibiotics, normally in the form of eye drops or ointments.
If your conjunctivitis is caused by an allergy, symptoms normally stop when the allergy trigger is removed. If this is not possible, your doctor may prescribe medications such as antihistamines or eye drops.
An online doctor can diagnose conjunctivitis by asking about your symptoms and examining your eyes via video link. They can advise you on how to treat your symptoms at home and prescribe a suitable medication if necessary.
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Conjunctivitis is a common eye complaint that can be caused by an infection or allergy. You can usually treat conjunctivitis at home, but in some cases, you may need medication prescribed by a doctor. Some types of conjunctivitis are highly contagious, and precautions should be taken to prevent spreading the infection to other people. If you have symptoms of conjunctivitis and would like to talk to a doctor, make an appointment today.
NHS: Conjunctivitis February 22nd 2021 (Accessed November 13th 2022)
American Academy of Ophthalmology: Conjunctivitis: What is Pink Eye? April 18th 2022 (Accessed November 13th 2022)
Community Eye Health Journal: Conjunctivitis March 1st 2005 (Accessed November 13th 2022)
The Pharmaceutical Journal: Bacterial conjunctivitis: diagnosis and management June 3rd 2021 (Accessed November 13th 2022)
PubMed: Conjunctivitis June 2014 (Accessed November 13th 2022)
American Academy of Ophthalmology: Quick Home Remedies for Pink Eye September 17th 2021 (Accessed November 13th 2022)
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