A common form of pink eye in which a patient comes into contact with specific bacteria. An infection of the eye results from the inflammation of the conjunctiva, the clear membrane that covers the white part of the eye and the interior lining of the eyelids.

Symptoms

Those infected with conjunctivitis will have a pink eye, accompanied by itching, stinging, burning, irritation, pain, grittiness, crusting and light sensitivity. The way your eye looks and feels will help you determine which form of pink eye you’ve contracted. Bacterial Conjunctivitis usually spreads to both eyes and causes heavy discharge, which can be greenish in color. Crusting may appear on eyelids.

Causes

People of all ages can contract conjunctivitis, but children get pink eye more often than adults because they are prone to colds and respiratory tract infections, which can be a cause, and are often in close environments like classrooms. You can catch contagious conjunctivitis through touch, coughing or sneezing, as well as coming into contact with the bacteria on various surfaces (ie: shared towels, table tops, bathrooms, etc).

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Treatment

For bacterial forms of conjunctivitis, antibiotic ointments and/or drops may help relieve symptoms. Antibiotics are necessary to kill the bacteria.