People often call conjunctivitis “pink 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.
Basic information about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment.
Information for healthcare professionals on the causes of viral, bacterial, and allergic conjunctivitis.
Types of conjunctivitis in newborns, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
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Conjunctivitis web feature, podcast, and an infographic that you can put on your web pages.
Pink, itchy eyes? Conjunctivitis—or pink eye—is common in adults and children. It spreads quickly and sometimes needs medical treatment, depending on the cause. Learn about the symptoms, when to get treatment, and how to prevent its spread.
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Classic symptoms can include:
- Pink or red color in the white of the eye(s)
- Watery eyes
- Itchy or scratchy eyes
- Discharge from the eye(s)
- Crusting of eyelids or lashes
Discusses causes and treatment, when to call a doctor, and practical tips to prevent pink eye from spreading.
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