Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis

 

Conjunctivitis can cause redness, stickiness and sometimes watering of the eye(s). There are two main types, infective and allergic. Infective conjunctivitis will be present all the time and usually affects one eye first and then spreads to the other, sometimes with burning, grittiness, a sticky coating and sometimes enlargement of the glands in front of the ear. Allergic conjunctivitis will come and go with things like high pollen counts or closeness to dogs or cats. Sometimes you can become allergic to antibiotic drops or ointment. You may notice it developing with a blocked or runny nose. 

Conjunctivitis can cause redness, stickiness and sometimes watering of the eye(s). There are two main types, the first being infective which will be present all the time and usually infects one eye first and then spreads to the other. Allergic conjunctivitis will come and go depending on things such as high pollen counts or closeness to cats and dogs. 

Most cases of conjunctivitis are not a cause for concern and do not need antibiotic treatment but you should contact your pharmacist if you think your child might have it. They can advise on suitable treatment.

Most cases are not a cause for concern and no antibiotic treatment is needed, but if you suspect your child may have it, then contact your pharmacist for advice on treatment.

See your GP if your child gets repeated infections. Some symptoms could be the sign of a more serious eye condition – you should seek more medical advice immediately from a GP or call NHS 111 if you think your child has pain in their eyes, is sensitive to light, has disturbed vision or intense redness in one or both eyes.

See your GP if your child gets repeated infections and some symptoms could be a sign of a more serious eye condition - you should seek more medical advice immediately from a GP or call NHS 111 if you are concerned. 

Find out more at the NHS website.

Last modified: 

10 Sep 2018