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Conjunctivitis is often called "pink eye" or "red eye" because it can cause the white of the eye to take on a pink or red color. Symptoms of pink eye can vary but typically include redness or swelling of the white of the eye.

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) One Page Overview

Man rubbing his eyesPink, itchy eyes? Conjunctivitis – or pink eye – is common in adults and children. It spreads quickly and sometimes needs medical treatment, depending on the cause. Know the symptoms, get treatment if needed, and prevent its spread.



Classic symptoms can include:

  • Pink or red color in the white of the eye(s)
  • Discharge from the eye(s)
  • Itchy or scratchy eyes
  • Crusting of eyelids or lashes sometimes occurs

Pink Eye: What To Do

Little girl rubbing her eyeDiscusses causes and treatment, suggestions on when to call or visit a doctor, and practical tips to prevent pink eye from spreading.

Conjuntivitis: lo que debe saber

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