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Conjunctivitis (also known as red or pink eye) is a common condition that causes redness and inflammation of the thin layer of tissue which covers the front of the eye (the conjunctiva).
Other symptoms of conjunctivitis include itchiness and watering of the eyes, and sometimes a sticky coating on the eyelashes (if it’s caused by an allergy). If you have infective conjunctivitis, you may also have:
Conjunctivitis can affect one eye at first, but usually affects both eyes after a few hours. You do not need to avoid work or school unless you or your child are feeling unwell.
Treatment with medications isn’t usually needed for conjunctivitis, because the symptoms often clear up within a couple of weeks.
There are several ways you can manage infective conjunctivitis at home. The advice below should help ease your symptoms.
It’s very important to go back to your GP if you still have symptoms after two weeks. You should also contact your GP immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms: