Pink eye or conjunctivitis is often a viral reaction but could also be caused by a bacterial infection. Pink eye is highly contagious, so getting an early diagnosis is important.
The most common symptoms of conjunctivitis are redness of the eye, water or mucus discharge, and a burning or gritty feeling in the eye.
There are many potential causes of conjunctivitis – bacterial or viral infections, allergies, or maybe even a foreign body in the eye. All types of conjunctivitis cause a red eye, although not everyone with a red eye has conjunctivitis.
Simple hygiene is a good way to control the spread of pink eye:
Treatment options depends on the cause of the conjunctivitis. That's why it's important to have the correct diagnosis before treatment.
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