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Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis

What is conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva of the eye. The conjunctiva consists of the membrane that lines the inside of the eye and also a thin membrane that covers the actual eye. There are many causes of pink eye, including the following:

In this section, only allergic conjunctivitis will be addressed.

What are the symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis?

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

The symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis may resemble other medical conditions. Always consult your child's doctor for a diagnosis.

How is allergic conjunctivitis diagnosed?

Cultures of eye drainage are usually not done for allergic conjunctivitis. A diagnosis of conjunctivitis is usually made based on a complete medical history and physical examination.

What are treatments for allergic conjunctivitis?

There is no cure for allergic conjunctivitis. Avoidance of the irritant is the best management. Cold compresses to your child's eyes may also help with the itching and swelling.

Specific treatment for allergic conjunctivitis will be determined by your child's doctor based on:

Your child's doctor may prescribe the following medications to help with the symptoms:

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