Conjunctivitis is one of those icky childhood diseases that seems to appear out of nowhere and spread like wildfire. It’s not that pleasant to look at either, but regardless of how severe it looks, if your child has it they will be miserable. What can you do to help, and how can you limit its spread?
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What is conjunctivitis?
Conjunctivitis is inflammation (swelling and redness) of the whites of the eyes and eyelids. It may be an infection caused by a bacteria or virus, which is highly contagious, or due to an allergy. You need to see your doctor for treatment (which may include antibacterial eye drops or ointment). Conjunctivitis can last from two days to three weeks. It is contagious until the discharge from their eyes has stopped, so you’ll need to keep affected children at home during this time.
Signs and symptoms
- Sore, itchy, red, watery eyes
- Swollen eyelids
- Thick yellow discharge that may cause eyelids to stick together
- Inability to tolerate looking into bright light.
Symptoms usually develop within one to three days after infection.
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