Pink eye is a problem that many children get. In pink eye, the lining of the eyelid and the eye surface become red and swollen. The lining is called the conjunctiva (say "kawn-junk-TY-vuh"). Pink eye is also called conjunctivitis (say "kun-JUNK-tih-VY-tus").
Pink eye can be caused by bacteria, a virus, or an allergy.
Your child's pink eye is caused by a virus. This type of pink eye can spread quickly from person to person, usually from touching.
Pink eye caused by a virus usually clears up on its own in 7 to 10 days. Antibiotics do not help this type of pink eye.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Make your child comfortable
Prevent pink eye from spreading
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
May 27, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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