Conjunctivitis: Inflammation Of The Conjunctiva

Conjunctivitis: Inflammation Of The Conjunctiva

What is Conjunctivitis?
It is the inflammation of the tissue that covers the outer surface of the eye. It occurs in different forms and may affect both eyes.


Infective Conjunctivitis – It is caused by viral/bacterial infections like common cold leads to this disease. It may also be caused by contaminated eye makeup or infected contact lenses.

Allergic Conjunctivitis – It occurs in individuals who are allergic to animal fur, dust ,mites or pollen.

Irritant Conjunctivitis – Irritation of the eye occurs when exposed to chlorinated water, shampoo or air pollution.


  • Red and inflamed eyes.
  • Thick yellow discharge from eye.
  • Irritating and watery eyes.
  • Burning sensation in the eyes and swelling of eyelids.
  • Irritant Conjuctivitis may arise with symptoms like fever, cold or sore throat.
  • Allergic conjunctivitis may happen with hay fever.


  • It may cure within few days upto a week, if not consult doctor.
  • Eye discharge can be cleansed with a soft cloth and water.
  • Oinments and antibiotic eye drops can be used for infective conjunctivitis.
  • Allergic conjunctivitis can be treated with Antihistamines.

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