Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is a thin, transparent membrane that lines the eyelids and portions of the underlying eyeball. Conjunctivitis is usually caused by viruses, bacteria, or allergies.
Infective conjunctivitis is highly contagious - wash your hands before and after bathing the eye or applying medication to it. Be careful not to touch the infected eye and then touch the other eye. To prevent the infection from spreading, family or household members should use separate cloths, towels, pillows, and sheets. If you wear contact lenses, stop wearing them while you have the infection.
Written and reviewed by the MediResource Clinical Team
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