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Conjunctivitis (Newborn / Childhood)

What is conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis, also known as "pink eye," is an inflammation of the conjunctiva of the eye. The conjunctiva is the membrane that lines the inside of the eye and also a thin membrane that covers the actual eye.

What causes conjunctivitis?

There are many different causes of conjunctivitis. The following are the most common causes:

What are the different types of conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis is usually divided into at least two categories, newborn conjunctivitis and childhood conjunctivitis, with different causes and treatments for each.

What are the symptoms of childhood conjunctivitis?

The following are the most common symptoms of childhood conjunctivitis. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

The symptoms of conjunctivitis may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.

How is conjunctivitis diagnosed?

Conjunctivitis is usually diagnosed based on a complete medical history and physical examination of your child's eye. Cultures of the eye drainage are usually not required, but may be done to help confirm the cause of the infection.

Treatment for conjunctivitis:

Specific treatment for conjunctivitis will be determined by your physician based on:

Specific treatment depends on the underlying cause of the conjunctivitis.

Infection can be spread from one eye to the other, or to other people, by touching the affected eye or drainage from the eye. Proper hand washing is very important. Drainage from the eye is contagious for 24 to 48 hours after beginning treatment.

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