Conjunctivitis results from inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva (the thin clear layer above the white part of the eye). This inflammation can occur from an allergic or chemical reaction or an infection that is the result of a bacteria or virus. “Pink Eye” is a term that has come to encompass any type of conjunctivitis and is often thought to be contagious. In reality, there are very few cases of conjunctivitis that are contagious but those that are can spread quickly and easily. Symptoms of conjunctivitis can include a red irritated eye, burning, itching, discharge, light sensitivity etc. Topical antibiotic/anti inflammatory treatment is usually warranted but the condition can often self limit.
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