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The most apparent symptom of conjunctivitis is the redness caused by the inflammation. This redness in and around the eye is what gives conjunctivitis the name, pink eye. This is an eye problem that is common and has several causes. The symptoms will be slightly different depending on the cause but many symptoms will be the same across the board. Some of them are burning, itching, pain, irritation, discharge, watering and crusting.

These are all symptoms that will give you an idea of what kind of conjunctivitis you are dealing with. Conjunctivitis that is caused by bacteria or viral infections is extremely contagious. Allergic conjunctivitis is due to allergens or foreign bodies getting into the eyes and it is not contagious. Infectious conjunctivitis can be easily spread from sneezing and coughing, as small drops of saliva that have the virus or bacteria in it, are sprayed in to the air.

Sharing towels or washcloths, along with touching surfaces, such as doorknobs and counter tops, after an infected person, can also spread conjunctivitis. While conjunctivitis can strike adults, it most commonly occurs in children, especially younger children and infants. This is because conjunctivitis is spread very quickly in daycare and school. To prevent conjunctivitis in the common areas, the children as well as the adults should do frequent washing of the hands.

Also keeping disinfectant spray near by and using it frequently is a good idea. How the infected eye feels is going to be one of the best clues as to what kind of conjunctivitis may be present. For allergic conjunctivitis there will be the redness, itching, and large amounts of tearing. There may also be cold-like symptoms such as a sore throat plus a runny, stuffy or itchy nose. With bacterial conjunctivitis it will be in both eyes and has all of the above symptoms but has puss-like discharge that is yellow or green in color.

This discharge can dry on the eyelashes, crusting the eyelids together. Viral conjunctivitis has all the symptoms above except the watering will be less and the puss-like discharge thinner. Also viral conjunctivitis may only infect one eye but can be spread to the other. If you seek the advice of a doctor be sure to tell them exactly what your symptoms are and whether they happened slowly over time or all at once. Also let them know if you have had contact with a person who may have had conjunctivitis.


Conjunctivitis is very contagious if it is caused by a bacterial or viral infection. The bacteria or virus can be easily spread not only eye to eye but also person to person. Roughly half of all cases of conjunctivitis are bacteria related. This is because the eye is without a natural defence against bacteria. The natural chemicals in the conjunctiva, the inner lining of the eye, can neutralize some bacteria but at times it can be over whelmed with bacteria, causing conjunctivitis.

The tearing fluids and discharge put out by the eye when it is infected contains this bacteria. This is how it can be transmitted. The fluids are spread from eye to eye when the infected person rubs them. They are then spread from person to person when the infected rubs their eyes and touches surfaces such as door knobs. Conjunctivitis can also be spread when the bacteria is present on wash cloths and towels that the infected person has used.

Another twenty percent of conjunctivitis cases are caused by viral infections. Like bacteria, the virus is present in the eye fluid and discharge, making it highly contagious as well. Direct contact with an infected eye should be avoided. Any tissues, cotton or bandages that are used to treat the eye(s) should be carefully wrapped and disposed of properly

The spread of conjunctivitis is easily preventable. Sufferers need to avoid rubbing their eyes with their hands and any cloth used needs to be disposed of washed right away. They also need to be sure to wash their hands thoroughly often. No wash cloths or towels should ever be shared with other family members. Surfaces that come in contact with other should be disinfected regularly such as door knobs, telephones, toys and faucets.

While bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are both extremely contagious, if it is caused by an allergic reaction then it is not. Allergic conjunctivitis is simply an allergic reaction to a foreign body in the eye or an allergen. It usually clears up when the foreign body or allergen is removed. It can also be treated with antihistamines that stop the allergic reaction of the body. If you are unsure of the cause of the conjunctivitis, then all the above precautions still need to be taken to be sure that it is not spread.


Conjunctivitis, also called pink high, is an extremely contagious disease of the eye that is commonly found in children. There are some simple things you can do to help prevent conjunctivitis. Good hygiene is the first step to preventing the spread of conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis can be spread from eye to eye when the itching associated with it causes the sufferer to rub it. When the hand is used to touch the other eye, it will not become infected.

This is also how it is spread from person to person. When the suffered scratches their eye and then touch surfaces, such as door knobs, then someone else comes along and touches the surface, then their eye, they too will get conjunctivitis. This is because most conjunctivitis is caused by a virus or bacteria that are highly contagious in nature. If you have conjunctivitis it is vital that you stay away from other people until it is cleared up.

If you know someone who has conjunctivitis, avoid them until it is clear. If you must be around someone who has conjunctivitis do not touch items that may be infected such as washcloths, towels, pillowcases, bedding and any other item that may have come in contact with their eyes. Be sure to wash your hands often and keep them away from your own eyes as much as possible. Children who have conjunctivitis should not share any of their toys or other play items nor should uninfected children be allowed to play with items from an infected child.

All bedding and as many toys as possible should be thoroughly sterilized before anyone uses them again. For adults, do not ever share cosmetics, especially eye make-up with others. It is possible that they can have the virus or bacteria present in their eye and just not have symptoms yet. This includes make-up sample at cosmetic counters. The virus and bacteria can live in makeup and on surfaces for a very long time.

If you do contract conjunctivitis you will need to throw out all your cosmetics and replace them with new ones that are not used until you are sure you are completely free of the conjunctivitis virus or bacteria. If you do not you may just re-infect yourself the next time you apply your make-up. Contact lenses as well as their cases should also be thrown out. While it may be possible to disinfect them, it is better to just start fresh and not risk the chance of re-infection.


Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is when the eyelids inner surface, the conjunctiva, becomes inflamed. Conjunctivitis can be caused by allergens or irritations. It can also results from the contraction of a virus or a bacterial infection. Conjunctivitis can be very contagious if the cause is a virus or bacterial infection. It can be spread easily when personal care items are shared, such as wash clothes, make-up or towels. It is also easy to spread by simply coming into contact with a surface that has been touched by an infected person. Good hygiene is vital to the prevention of the spread of conjunctivitis. There is several ways the conjunctivitis can be identified.

Check and see if there is any redness to the eye. At first it will simply appear bloodshot. This is the most common and easily seen marker of conjunctivitis. The affected eye will have excessive watering. Watering of the eye will follow the redness. Conjunctivitis generally begins in one eye and then easily and swiftly moves to the other eye as well. This quick spread is due to the itching that comes with conjunctivitis. The severe itching causes sufferers to rub their eyes and spread the infection to the other eye. The rubbing can also make the redness increase causing the eye to become sore and spread the infection to other surfaces.

Conjunctivitis can have pain associated with it. This pain will be most severe when the eye moves or during the blinking process. Also it may feel as if there is an object in the eye, most notability during blinking. All these can affect the vision. Those who have conjunctivitis can experience vision that is blurry and have problems properly focusing the eye that is affected. If conjunctivitis is still not identified it can develop a discharge that has the consistency of puss.

This discharge if generally stringy, thick and yellow or green tinted. When dried it can build up during sleep and cause the eyelashes to stick together, making the sufferer unable to open their eyes. When allowed to get out of hand, conjunctivitis can cause cold and flu like symptoms include a sore throat, fever, chills and a headache. These types of markers are part of conjunctivitis that is caused by a virus or bacterial infection. Conjunctivitis that is caused by an irritant or allergy usually do not get as severe and easily clear up on their own If symptoms of conjunctivitis continue for more than two weeks or they become severe, a doctor should be consulted to prevent permanent vision problems.