Conjunctivitis

What is Conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the transparent membrane (or conjunctiva) that lines the eyelids and eye^1^. It is a common condition that is usually minor; however it is uncomfortable and, when caused by an infection, can be highly contagious^1^.


Causes

Conjunctivitis may be the result of a bacterial or viral infection (infective conjunctivitis), or an allergy, e.g. to pollen, smoke, pollution (allergic conjunctivitis)^1^. The underlying cause will determine the course of treatment.

Symptoms

Treatment

1. WebMD. Conjunctivitis. Available at: [http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/eye-health-conjunctivitis#1]
2. NHS. Conjunctivitis Symptoms. (2016) Available at: [http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/C... ]
3. NHS. Treating Conjunctivits. (2016) Available at: [http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Conjunctivitis-infective/Pages/Treatment.aspx] 

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